The Government of Turkmenistan hosts a preparatory meeting for the Third Central Asian Child Protection Forum in Ashgabat
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 16 February 2011 – The United Nations Children’s Fund jointly with the Parliament of Turkmenistan (Mejlis) organized a preparatory meeting for the upcoming Central Asian Child Protection Forum, which will be held in Ashgabat this May. High-level government officials and UNICEF professionals from Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), as well as experts from the UNICEF Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States gathered in Ashgabat to participate in the planning work for the Forum.
The Child Protection Forum is held biannually by governments of Central Asia in partnership with UNICEF. This will be the third forum under the theme “Building and Reforming Juvenile Justice Systems in Central Asia”. As the event has become a platform for high level policy dialogue, it will provide a unique opportunity to reinforce the political commitments of the Central Asian governments to build juvenile justice systems in line with international standards and maintain stronger partnership for broader rule of law agendas for the well-being of children.
As mentioned by Jean-Claude Legrand, Regional Advisor on Child Protection in UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS: “The Central Asian region can provide stimulating examples on bringing the juvenile justice system in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The ongoing reforms in the region show that the governments have comprehensively taken up the issue of juvenile justice, which is manifested by positive developments in the legislation in the region. We hope that the Form will create a momentum for thorough analysis of the existing practices to identify the best ones for modeling in the region”.
In the course of the meeting, the participants shared insights into the juvenile justice situation and ongoing reform initiatives in the region, discussed the concept and agenda of the May Forum and identified preparatory activities at a country level. The meeting participants agreed that the meeting significantly facilitated the consultation process and will enable effective organization of the Third Child Protection Forum in May this year.
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