The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognized that children have human rights too.
The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. By agreeing to undertake the obligations of the Convention (by ratifying or acceding to it), national governments have committed themselves to protecting and ensuring children's rights and they have agreed to hold themselves accountable for this commitment before the international community. States parties to the Convention are obliged to develop and undertake all actions and policies in the light of the best interests of the child. - Adapted from UNICEF
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was not written in language that could easily be understood by the children it was written for! Therefore, various international non-government organizations (NGOs) have written out each of the articles in a child-friendly language. This version, done by Save the Children, is a one page document written in slightly more simplistic language than the UNICEF pamphlet but does not contain any illustrations or graphic representations.
The UNICEF version is a 2-page handout that when printed front and back on a piece of paper can be folded in to a compact brochure. Contains graphic descriptions of some of the articles.
This is the original language of the CRC. You can also find it, along with various translations at: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/crc.htm