MONTEVIDEO, 12 October 2009 - In response to a call from UNICEF, the Presidential candidates from the political parties currently represented in the Uruguayan Parliament have all signed a document committing to promoting the wellbeing, development and rights of children and adolescents in Uruguay.
The document was signed by José Mujica (Frente Amplio), Pedro Bordaberry (Partido Colorado), Pablo Mieres (Partido Independiente), and Luis Alberto Lacalle (Partido Nacional).
In the year of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and on the verge of national elections in Uruguay, UNICEF’s Representative, Egidio Crotti, met with the presidential candidates to discuss proposals for childhood and adolescence presented by each party, and obtained the agreement of the four candidates to a Commitment to Childhood.
The political leaders expressed their willingness to adopt the legislative, judicial, administrative and financial measures to strengthen policies aimed at improving the lives of children. They also committed to working together to overcome impediments to children and adolescent’s full enjoyment of their human rights in Uruguay.
The document recognized advances made by national and provincial governments but the four candidates agreed that still there is work to be done to guarantee the fulfilment of children´s rights in their country.
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