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UNICEF and Organising Committee for the African Cup of Nations (COCAN) sign MOU to protect children rights during the tournament

Luanda, 28 September 2009 — The Organising Committee of the African Cup of Nations (COCAN) and UNICEF signed an agreement today to promote respect for children’s rights during the upcoming football championship scheduled to take place in Angola, from 10th to 31st January 2010.

The agreement between UNICEF and COCAN sets out a framework to support the Government of Angola on joint programmes to prevent violence, sexual exploitation and trafficking of children as well as promotion of HIV/AIDS prevention messages to young people.

Interventions in the area of child protection are being coordinated by the National Instutute for Children (INAC). The Government and NGO partners are working towards developing a code of conduct in relation to sexual exploitation and abuse (targeted in hotels and restaurants), setting up a national hotline for victims of violence and mobilising communities to prevent trafficking. More than 5,000 volunteers scheduled for CAN will also be trained in HIV/AIDS prevention promotion techniques.

This is an exciting opportunity to capitalise on the platform provided by CAN 2010 to strengthen awareness raising on child protection and HIV issues.

For more information, contact: Senior Communication Advisor, West and Central Africa Regional Office, +221 869 5842; mdawes@unicef.org
 

 

 
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