In Nepal, where poverty and exclusion are pervasive and social norms often render children voiceless, social policy is about bringing children’s voices, rights and well being to the centre of policy making. Nepal has signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which enshrines the right of children to participate in decision-making that affects their lives. The government has signalled its commitment to including the perspective of children in national discussions surrounding the development of policy. In addition, children are finding new outlets for meaningful participation such as child clubs, listeners’ clubs, and consultations with policy makers.
• Strengthen the capacity of national partners to develop and implement policies, legislation and budgets aimed at promoting children’s wellbeing and advancing children’s rights as enshrined in the CRC.
By 2010, national policies and plans will reflect the provisions of the CRC, CEDAW and CRC Committee Concluding Observations, and children and young people will regularly participate in national policy dialogues. Policy makers will make informed decisions that take account of inputs from children and women.
Monitoring and evaluation will be strengthened as a result of better knowledge generating capacity and systems; in particular, disaggregated information on children and women will be fully utilised.
The promotion of child rights will be highly visible through wide-ranging media activities and awareness-raising events. Children and young people will be involved in many of the activities promoting their rights.
UNICEF and key identified partners will have the plans, coordination mechanisms, knowledge and skills necessary to meet the immediate needs of children affected by emergency and natural disasters.