UNICEF and Council of Europe agree to cooperate to improve the lives of children
STRASBOURG, FRANCE/GENEVA, 23 January 2007 - UNICEF and the Council of Europe today signed a Joint Declaration to strengthen their partnership to maximize results for children.
Speaking at the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly debate, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman, called for a renewed commitment to protect children from abuse, violence and exploitation.
Veneman also highlighted the Council’s leadership on children’s issues and its commitment to bring about positive change for children.
“We look to organizations such as the Council of Europe to further push the legal standards on prevention of violence and to monitor progress made in Member States,” said Veneman. “While legal obligations lie with the state, all sectors of society share the responsibility of condemning and preventing violence against children.”
The partnership will further strengthen cooperation between UNICEF and the Council of Europe in formulation of strategies, research, analysis, data collection and policy development.
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