Friday, 22 November 2019 22:25

Keeping the Promise and Momentum on Children’s Rights beyond commemorating 30 years of UNCRC

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UN New Media(NGO) PeaceeverTV Report From UNICEF: The commemoration of 30 years of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) in 2019 has been an opportunity for multi-stakeholders (Member States, UN Agencies, Civil Society, including academia, faith and religious organizations, among others) to take stock of the implementation of the Convention and to draw attention to emerging challenges and threats facing children.
 
A number of reports and studies released over a yearlong period shine a spotlight on the past 30 years, and highlight the fact that despite progress on children’s rights, the international community is yet to fulfill the promise to children related to survival, development and protection as envisioned in the UNCRC and its Protocols. Impact of climate change on children, protection of children online and overall internet governance increasingly negatively affect children´s lives. Additionally, all forms violence and neglect against children, protracted conflict and disasters are some of the current threats on children´s rights.
 
    Global and national pledges launched during the commemorating process leading up to the one-day high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. More than 50 Member States have signed on to the global pledge and over 34 to the national pledge. Follow up to these commitments as well as elevated positioning of children´s rights in the global UN agenda will be central to implementation and achievement of the full realization of these rights.
 
In line with the above, a key concern amongst child rights champions and advocates at global, regional and national level is how to maintain the spotlight and momentum and translate it to higher-level outcomes for children.
 
  World Vision International President and Chief Executive Officer Andrew J. Morley
 
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     UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, Bulgaria and Jamaica the Permanent Representative to the United Nations attended the commemoration and delivered a speech. This commemoration invites children from different countries to tell their experiences and talk to children on the spot.

Objectives of the UNICEF event Provide a space for children to share their views and perspectives on advancing their rights, thus contributing to enabling the full potential of children and young people to have a say on issues that affect their lives.Share solution oriented multi-stakeholders perspectives on emerging challenges and current threats facing children.Exchange and dialogue on what an SDG Decade of Accelerated Actions means for advancing and implementing children´s rights.