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UN to announce campaigns to push for universal ratification of the Optional Protocols

WHO:

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director

Yanghee Lee, Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child

Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children

Najat Maalla M’jid, Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography

 

Noon briefing:

Radhika Coomaraswamy, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Children and Armed Conflict

Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children

Hilde Johnson, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director

 

WHERE:

UNICEF House 44th Street between First and Second Avenues (Panel discussion and campaign launch)

Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium at the UN headquarters (Noon briefing)

 

WHEN:

Tuesday, 25 May 2010 

9.30 am (Panel discussion)

12.00 noon (Noon briefing following the SG’s briefing)

 

WHAT:

Panel discussion, campaign launch and media briefing.  

A distinguished panel will discuss the importance of the Optional Protocols for the protection of children against all forms of violence, Member States’ experiences with the ratification and implementation of the two Protocols and civil society’s role in creating further momentum for universal ratification.  Media queries will be addressed during the noon-briefing.

 

WHY:

The 25th of May marks the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, UN representatives, Member States, independent experts and civil society will celebrate the importance of these treaties for the protection of children against all forms of violence. During the event two two-year campaigns, one for each Protocol will be kicked off with the purpose to achieve their universal ratification by 2012. 

 

For more information please contact:

Fred Kirungi, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Tel: 917 3673 431, kirungi@un.org
Kate Donovan, UNICEF New York, Tel: 212 326 7452, kdonovan@unicef.org
Timothy La Rose, Communications Officer, Office of the SRSG for CAC, Tel: +1 212 963 0984, larose@un.org
www.unicef.org/lac

 

 

 

 

 
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