RABAT, 25 May 2009 - To mark National Day of Child Rights, Morocco hosted the First Social Policies and Child Rights Forum to discuss how social policies can better contribute to the promotion and realization of the rights of children.
Organized by the National Child Observatory, in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Development and UNICEF’s Office in Rabat, the forum was held under the leadership of HRH Princess Lalla Meryem, President of the National Observatory for Child Rights, and opened by Prime Minister Abbes El Fassi. Representatives of several ministries, non-governmental organizations, universities and international organizations attended the meeting.
Addressing participants, Prime Minister El Fassi stressed the importance Morocco places on the promotion of human development in general and children’s issues in particular, highlighting that sustainable development and the achievement of long-term growth inevitably pass through the promotion of children's rights.
“Poverty reduction has to start with children,” said Aloys Kamuragiye, UNICEF’s representative in Morocco. “This forum is a great opportunity to exchange views on the development of a comprehensive and integrated policy in the field of children's rights in the country.”
This first edition of the forum was a great opportunity to present and discuss with participants the first results of studies launched by ONDE and UNICEF in the area of social policies and advocacy. Mainly, discussions focused on child poverty and disparities, social budgeting, the social impact of migration, including remittances, on children, and child protection at the local level.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For further information, please contact:
Aniss Maghri, UNICEF Morocco, Tel +00212-661-489-493,