Defence for Children International (DCI)

Défense des Enfants International (DEI)
Defensa de Niñas y Niños Internacional (DNI)

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1979-07-05 Geneva Switzerland


Founded 5 Jul 1979, Geneva (Switzerland), as Defence for Children, by Nigel Cantwell and Canon Moerman, Chair of the 'International Year of the Child' (1979). Subsequently also referred to as Defence for Children International Movement. Present name adopted 1982. Previously also referred to in Spanish as Defensa de los Niños Internacional. Statutes adopted by International General Assembly, 5 Apr 1986, Xalapa (Mexico); amended 2014.


Work towards a world where children enjoy and exercise their rights in a just and responsible society; ensure on-going practical, systematic and concerted international action directed towards promoting and protecting the rights of the child, as articulated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, its optional protocols and other human rights instruments.


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International General Assembly (every 4 years); International Executive Council; International Secretariat, based in Geneva (Switzerland); World Service Foundation, based in Brussels (Belgium).


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GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being



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