The treaty includes the following article (7): "the child shall be registered immediately after birth and has the right to a name and nationality and to know and be cared for by his or her parents. The State shall ensure the implementation of these rights in accordance with national law and its obligations under the relevant international instruments in this field, in particular where the child would otherwise be stateless." The interesting thing is that twenty years after the convention was signed many of the green countries on the map above are in the red when it comes to ACTUALLY REGISTERING KIDS. The governments are not exercising authority as they promised. The result: consider the data from a prior blog, showing the number of children under 14 who are not registered. (Based on population data in the World Development Indicators).http://matthewandrews.typepad.com/mattandrews/2012/10/b.html A country like Nigeria ratified the convention in 1991 but had over 40 million unregistered kids under 14 twenty years later. Similar for Pakistan and a range of others. The amazing thing is that these major gaps in the commitment exist AFTER a decade of MDG goals activity which included interventions focused on kids (education and health). Aren't we kidding ourselves when we accept a storyline about countries promising to register kids in 1990 and then not registering kids, but pretending to know how much education and health care is needed for kids and then (some of these countries) claiming success in providing that education and health care? If we want to have governance goals in post 2015 indicators we need to ensure that child and civil registration is one of these. And we should also make sure we close gaps between treaties that countries SAY they are party to but then do not ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT.