First South East Asian Children's Conference
ASEAN CHILDRENS MEETING OPENS IN THE PHILLIPPINES: Children from 9 countries gather despite typhoon warnings
Antipolo City, Philippines – December 11, 2006
Today, the 1st South East Asian Children’s Conference (SEACC) opened in Antipolo, Philippines. Over 40 child delegates from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam raised their flags and rose to the challenge of making the world fit for children by expressing their opinions on issues that affect them. The 3-day conference brings together child delegates from the South East Asian region to discuss pressing issues facing them, such as access to quality education, HIV/AIDS, trafficking and the impact of natural disasters.
SEACC, which will run from December 11 – 14, shares many of the issues that were scheduled to be discussed at the ASEAN Heads of State Summit. Appropriately named, “One Caring and Sharing Community for Children,” the delegates will assess progress that has been made on the Millennium Development Goals and the World Fit for Children Goals of the United Nations Special Session on Children. At its conclusion, SEACC delegates will formulate a statement to be presented to ASEAN government leaders. It is hoped that SEACC will initiate a formal process of including child representation in ASEAN consultations.
There are four child delegates aged 14 – 17 from each of the participating countries of the South East Asian region. The selected children are leaders and members of children’s associations in communities, schools and other organized groups.
Creative arts will be used in workshops to help delegates express themselves freely and to overcome language barriers. Field trips, musical and media presentations have also been included in the 3-day meeting. Senior officials from Departments of Social Welfare and Development, Education, Interior and Local Government as well members of congress are scheduled to address the group. The conference will conclude with a children’s declaration based on discussions and recommendations from the conference workshops.
The SEACC is supported by the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) in cooperation with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
The Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC) is the apex agency for children's protection, welfare and development in the Philippines. The CWC aims to improve the quality of life for Filipino children thus enabling them to develop their full potentials and participate in community life and nation-building.
For more information or to arrange interviews, please call:
Mr. Vincent Henson: (+63916) 455-6707 or (+632) 901-0175