90th Anniversary IIN

90th Anniversary IIN


The Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN), a specialized organization of the Organization of American States (OAS) in children and adolescents will celebrate 90 years of its foundation on June 9.


Since its foundation, the IIN has taken as its reference document the Child Rights Table, considered one of the most important antecedents of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. That document was declarative and did not imply commitment for of the States, but it contained a set of concepts that still maintain full force: the Americanist perspective, the integrality of rights, concern for child labor, access to education, The right to joy as something unique and inalienable of every child.


The IIN was integrated to the OAS in 1949, as a Specialized Organization for the Human Rights of Children and Adolescents, this being the beginning of its consolidation process as a technical reference at the regional level.


The Permanent Council of the OAS appointed, pursuant to resolution CP / RES. 1081 (2113/17) on June 9, the day on which the Founding Act of the Institute was signed, as the «Americas Children and Youth Day.»


The headquarters of the IIN will be the meeting place to bring together the diplomatic corps accredited in Uruguay, children’s authorities in the region, civil society organizations, personalities that over the years have demonstrated their commitment to the protection and promotion of the rights of children and adolescents, and children and adolescents who participate in different spaces in which they give voice to the protection and promotion of their rights.


90 years later, there have been significant changes in the ways of viewing childhood. The rights go from declaratory to enforceability and States are have to guarantee them.