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Beijing High-Level Meeting

Welcome to the web page for the High-Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region, which the Government of China hosted in Beijing on 4 to 6 November 2010.  The meeting was convened with the support of UNICEF’s Offices in South Asia and East Asia and the Pacific.

The meeting brought together senior representatives from 28 governments from across the Asia Pacific region to discuss and explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in the promotion of child rights, within the framework of South-South cooperation.

Regional and international organizations with a strong record in promoting intra-regional cooperation, including the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), also participated in Beijing.

While the Beijing High-Level Meeting sought to build on the series of earlier regional high-level consultations on child rights that began in 1991, these consultations also represented the beginning of a more intensive effort for participating countries to share their experiences in seeking to strengthen child rights, and to establish effective mechanisms to support ongoing exchange and cooperation for the benefit of children across the Asia Pacific region.

Ratification by participating countries of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is universal, and most have ratified its two Optional Protocols - (i) on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and (ii) on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

Participating governments in Beijing exchanged notes on their respective achievements, as well as lessons learned and future challenges, in managing three main thematic issues for the High-Level Meeting:

(i) A Systems Approach to Child Protection and Child Welfare in the Asia Pacific Region;
(ii) Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with Equity: Country Experiences in the Asia Pacific Region; and
(iii) Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific Region.

These three conference themes represent issues of growing importance to countries of Asia and the Pacific, and areas where there would be significant advantage in greater intra and inter-regional cooperation.

Conference Background Papers

UNICEF commissioned the preparation of four (4) conference background papers on each of the major conference themes, to help inform and stimulate discussion in Beijing.  The papers can be downloaded from the following links:

(i) South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific region;

(ii) A systems approach to Child Protection and Child Welfare in the Asia Pacific region;

(iii) Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific region; &

(iv) Achieving MDGs with Equity: the Experiences of Countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Country panel presentations

The consultations in Beijing were structured to maximise the opportunities for the 28 participating governments to: (i) share their experiences in seeking to strengthen child rights; and (ii) provide their views on the value of further intra and inter-regional cooperation for child rights, and how they can contribute to this.

The High Level Meeting program provided opportunities for 14 of the 28 participating governments to deliver panel presentations during each of the main plenary sessions.   Panellists were selected on the basis of known good practices in the region. 

Each of the countries scheduled to make panel presentations also tabled supporting papers to provide further detail on their experiences and achievements in advancing child rights that could usefully be shared, and their views on how South-South cooperation could contribute further in strengthening children's rights in the region.  These papers can be accessed from the following web links:

(i) India, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand on the Philosophy and Practice of South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region;

(ii) China, Malaysia and Pakistan on Child Protection and Child Welfare in the Asia Pacific Region;

(iii) Cambodia, China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam on Addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with Equity: Country Experiences in the Asia Pacific Region; and

(iv) Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands on Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific Region.

Panellists were selected on the basis of known good practices in the region.  These panel presentations will be important in stimulating wider discussion and debate in each session.  Once country presentations have been delivered, there will then be an opportunity in each plenary session for informal interventions from the floor and discussions with the panel.

Each of the countries making panel presentations will also submit supporting papers in Beijing to provide further detail on their experiences and achievements in advancing child rights within the relevant session theme that could usefully be shared, and their views on how South-South cooperation can contribute further in strengthening children's rights in the region.  These supporting papers will be posted on the High Level Meeting web page, as they become available.

Presentations in Beijing
 
The following are copies of the powerpoint presentations and comments made by participants during the 4-6 November High Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights:

Session 1: The Philosophy and Practice of South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region

Session 2: Child Protection and Child Welfare in the Asia Pacific

Session 3: Addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with Equity: Country Experiences in the Asia Pacific Region

Session 4: Addressing the MDGs with Equity: Country Experiences in the Asia Pacific Region

Session 5: Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific Region

Session 6: Regional Perspectives and Partnerships

 

    
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UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake meets Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (right) before the 4 November opening ceremony of the High-Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.


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Participants at the opening ceremony for the High Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region, held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

 


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Participants gather for plenary discussions during the 4-6 November 2010 High-Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region at the Westin Chaoyang Hotel, Beijing.

 

 
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Press conference (from left to right) H.E. Mme. Meng Xiaosi, Vice President and Member of the Secretariat of the All China Women's Federation (chair, representing the Host Government), H.E. Dr Vita Skilling, Secretary for Health and Social Services, Federated States of Micronesia (representing the Pacific), H.E. Mme. Song Xiuyan, Deputy Director of the National Working Committee on Children and Women and Vice President of the All China Women's Federation (representing East Asia), UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, and Hon. Dr. Aminath Jameel, Minister of Health and Family, Republic of Maldives (representing South Asia)


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Participants ink their thumb prints on a conference banner to symbolize their commitment to the advancement of children’s rights at the 6 November closing ceremony of the Beijing High-Level Meeting.  The symbolic gesture drew on the cleverly-designed conference logo, which featured the Chinese character for children drawn as two human figures with two hearth-shaped red thumb prints at the centre.  The red heart symbolizes affection for children.  The thumb print in ancient China was a symbol of one’s pledge or commitment.


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Heads of delegations from the 28 governments represented at the Beijing High-Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region, along with senior representatives from UNICEF and other partner organizations, at the 4 November opening ceremony at the Great Hall of the People.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Profiles - Heads of Delegation

Afghanistan
Deputy Minister of Social Affairs

Bangladesh
Minister for Food and Disaster Management

State Minister for Women and Children Affairs

Bhutan
Minister for Education

Brunei Darussalam
Deputy Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports

Cambodia
Minister of Education, Youth & Sports

China
Director General, International Liaison Department, All-China Women’s Federation

Vice President and member of Secretariat of All-China Women’s Federation

Vice-President and First Member of the Secretariat of the All-China Women’s Federation

Fiji
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social Welfare, Women & Poverty Alleviation

India
Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development

Indonesia
Deputy Minister for Human Resources and Cultural Affairs

Kiribati
Minister for Finance & Economic Development

Lao PDR
Standing Deputy Prime Minister

Malaysia
Deputy Minister for Women, Family and Community Development

Maldives
Minister of Health and Family

Mongolia
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Nepal
Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare

Pakistan
Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education

Papua New Guinea
Minister for Community Development

Philippines
Secretary of Social Welfare and Development

Samoa
Chief Executive Officer, Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development

Singapore
Minister of State, Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports

Sri Lanka
Deputy Minister for Education

Thailand
Vice Minister for Ministry of Social Development and Human Security 

Timor-Leste
Commissioner, National Commission for the Rights of the Child

Vanuatu
Minister for Justice & Community Development

Viet Nam
Deputy Minister for Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs

Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Country Director, PRC Resident Mission, ADB

UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP)
Chief, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment

UNICEF
UNICEF Executive Director

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children


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