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Integrating Sustainable Development and Children’s Rights: A Case Study on Wales

Rhian Croke, Helen Dale, Ally Dunhill, Arwyn Roberts, Malvika Unnithan, Jane Williams Orcid Logo

Social Sciences, Volume: 10, Issue: 3, Start page: 100

Swansea University Author: Jane Williams Orcid Logo

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The global disconnect between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), has been described as ‘a missed opportunity’. Since devolution, the Welsh Government has actively pursued a ‘sustainable development’ and a ‘children’s rights’ agenda. However,...

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ISSN: 2076-0760
Published: Basel, Switzerland MDPI AG 2021
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