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Action Plan for Children BiH 2011-2014

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is a part of the Annex I of the Dayton Peace Accords and, as all other conventions ratified by BiH, it has priority in enforcement over the national legislation , because it has the power of a constitutional norm.
In addition, Bosnia and Herzegovina has also become signatory to the following two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2000: Optional Protocol on the involvement of children in armed conflict and Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and the country has also signed the Millennium Declaration.

In order to implement the Convention on the Rights of the Child and to meet the UN Millennium Development Goals, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina approved in its session held on 18 July 2002 the Action Plan for Children of BiH 2002 – 2010 with a view to strengthening the position of children in BiH.

Aiming at  defining priority goals and measures that need to be taken between 2011 and 2014 in order to create the most favorable living conditions for children and families, their healthy mental and physical development, social inclusion and participation in decision-making processes, all in the best interest of children, the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina adopted a Decision to approve the Action Plan for Children of Bosnia and Herzegovina (2011 – 2014).


Considering the highly fragmented administrative system in BiH, this Action Plan, as the previous one, advocates a multidisciplinary approach and engagement of all the capacities within the society to develop well thought-out actions to improve living conditions in the interest of child development, which is a prerequisite to improve the status of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The Action Plan includes goals set out at the World Summit for Children, special recommendations made by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (entire concluding observations and recommendations of the Committee of 01 October 2010, which relate to the implementation of the two optional protocols to the Convention), as well as other UN committees to which Bosnia and Herzegovina has submitted reports on the implementation of international conventions on human rights and freedoms. In addition, the Action Plan has also taken into account documents of relevant UN and European international bodies that relate to the protection of the rights of children and their families.

In general, there is “a need for institutional capacity strengthening to implement legal frameworks in order to link policy and practice, to promote greater coordination and cross-sectoral cooperation at national, entity and local levels, and to further develop the relationship between innovation and partnership between key stakeholders (governments, international organizations and civil society) in order to promote child rights.”

 

 

 

 

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Action Plan for Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2011 - 2014

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Action Plan for Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002 - 2010

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