New Delhi Meeting on South-South Cooperation
The Second High Level Meeting on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific was held in New Delhi, India in October 2013.
At the meeting, hosted by the Government of India and supported by UNICEF, delegates from 32 countries from Asia and the Pacific and representatives from regional organizations discussed cooperation for the realization of children’s rights. They described experiences and lessons learned in developing and implementing policies and programmes that support children’s development and rights, and explored future triangular exchanges and South-South cooperation.
The meeting followed a similar High Level Meeting held in Beijing, China in 2010.
Attendees included a range of government ministers and high level public officials, including India’s Minister of State for Women and Child Development (Independent Charge), Her Excellency Mrs. Krishna Tirath. Representatives from regional organizations were also present, including the Secretary-General of SAARC. The Executive Director of UNICEF, Mr. Anthony Lake also attended.
The meeting discussed four topics: a) Adolescents: current rights for future opportunities; b) Fulfilling child rights through early childhood development; c) Urban settings as an opportunity for realizing all child rights; and d) Promoting and practising South-South cooperation for child rights in Asia and the Pacific: from Beijing to New Delhi.
The meeting was successfully concluded with the adoption of the New Delhi Declaration on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific which will provide the platform for greater collaboration among the countries of Asia and the Pacific as they work to advance the rights of the children in the region.
Presentations and statements
- Welcome Address by Ms. Nita Chowdhury, Secretary, Ministry Of Women and Child Development, Government of India
Mr. Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director
Ms. Sujata Mehta, Additional Secretary (Development Partnership Administration), Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India
Mme. Su Fengjie, Executive Director, Office of National Working Committee on Children and Women under the State Council, China
Key Note Speech by Mrs. Krishna Tirath, Hon. Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India
Vote of Thanks by Dr. Vivek Joshi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India
Early Childhood Development (ECD)
Regional perspectives and partnerships