Angola, 27 June 2011: Angola to reward child-friendly municipalities with budget incentives
LUANDA, Angola, 27 June 2011 – Angolan municipalities that achieve good results on essential child-centred interventions and work to ensure safe, healthy and participatory environments for children will be rewarded with increased funding, said the Vice-president of the Republic Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos at the opening of the country’s Fifth Forum for Children.
“This is a great commitment that formalizes results-based budgeting for the well-being of the nation’s children,” said UNICEF Representative in Angola, Koen Vanormelingen. “It is an investment in the future of this fast-changing country and will have a massive impact on encouraging more equitable development for children across all provinces and toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.”
Child-friendly municipalities essentially put the Convention on the Rights of the Child in practice at the local level. This means that children’s rights are reflected in policies, laws, programmes and budgets. Child-friendly municipalities also take into account the participation and voices of children themselves to influence decisions.
The Forum for Children, held every two years, is an opportunity for government, civil society, UN agencies, NGOs and children themselves to critically assess Angola’s progress on child rights and the MDGs. This year, the UNICEF-supported National Policy against Violence, the policy for early childhood development, as well as national strategies on early childhood nutrition, and for accelerating birth registration were endorsed at the three-day event.
History was also made on 20 June when, in parallel with the Forum, the country’s first-ever child-led press conference was held by girls and boys representing all of Angola’s 18 provinces. On June 18 and 19 children from across the country gathered at an event called The Voice of the Children (Voz da Crianca) to make their own evaluation of progress and to suggest recommendations to improve the situation of Angolan children. These recommendations were presented to the public and formally to the head of the National Children’s Institute (INAC) during the press conference.
For a short video on the Voz da Crianca in Portuguese, please visit: http://vimeo.com/25513921
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