Kazakhstan creates Child Rights Protection Committee
Astana, 21 February 2006: The Government of Kazakhstan has established its first Child Rights Protection Committee under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and Science.
The Committee is mandated to develop and implement state policy on child rights protection and establish an effective system to guarantee the rights of all children. The Committee will coordinate inter-sectoral efforts on child rights, including collaboration with international organizations, public institutions, NGOs and mass media and initiate relevant legal reform, as well as providing expert assistance and analytical information on child protection.
Paving the way for national reportOne of the Committee’s major tasks for 2006 is preparation and consolidation of all ministerial inputs to the Government Report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, due on 10 September.
Kazakhstan’s newly established Child Rights Protection Committee is a state agency that will consider personal appeals on child rights issues from the general public. It will also focus on the quality of services for children provided by the state agencies and other public organizations. If these fall below the minimum standards required, those responsible will be brought to account.
“This Committee will create a sound institutional framework for implementation and monitoring of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in
The Committee will have a network of regional branch offices and is expected to become UNICEF’s main Government partner in an alliance to realise child rights in
For more information:Gauhar Abdygaliyeva, Communication Officer, UNICEF