(KPL) The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, and in the 30 years since its adoption, it has helped transform children’s lives all around the world.
The statement was made by Ms Maria Fernandez, UNICEF Chief of Communication at the second youth-children consultation to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – CRC.
The consultation is being held in Savannakhet on May 7-9 by the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children in cooperation with UNICEF to listen to children’s voices, give them the space they need to articulate their concerns and propose solutions to existing challenges in the implementation of the UN convention and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The meeting draws dozen of representatives of youth and children from different ages between 11 and 18 years old from Bolikhamsay, Savannakhet, Khammouan, Saravane, Champasak, Sekong and Attapeu.
Huge progress has taken place since the Lao PDR ratified CRC on 8 May 1991. As a committed defender and advocate for child rights, the Lao government has passed laws and policies and made investments in children’s wellbeing.
More Lao children can now get the healthcare and nutrition they need to survive and thrive, fewer children are forced to leave schools to do hazardous work or to get married early, and there are now better systems to protect children from violence and exploitation.
However, there are still challenges to be addressed and obstacles that prevent children from realising their rights, said the UNICEF Chief of Communication.
Still too many children are denied access to basic healthcare and nutrition, deprived from basic services, or subjected to violence, just to mention some concerns, said Ms Maria Fernandez.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the CRC which is at the heart of UNICEF’s mandate and the core of its identity.
We wish to seize this opportunity for action, using the anniversary to secure more results for children in the Lao PDR. We are working hand in hand with the National Commission for the Advancement of Women and Mothers-Children and other line ministries to accelerate progress on child rights implementation, so that for every child in Laos, every right is fulfilled, now and for generations to come, added Ms Maria Fernandez.
Source: Lao News Agency