The main commitments in favour of children and adolescents, assumed in the international arena by the Dominican State, are in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals, the document of the Special Session on Children “A World Fit for Children” and the Convention against All Forms of Discrimination against Women” (CEDAW).
Concerning international agreements, the State must submit a periodic report on compliance progress and difficulties, be it to the Secretary General or to the General Assembly of the United Nations, as is the case of the Millennium Development Goals; or to the Child Rights Committee in Geneva, in the case of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Both national policies as well as legal and institutional frameworks are being progressively strengthened and adapted to the content of these international instruments in order for the country to provide an effective response to its obligations towards the population and before the international community as regards fulfilment of the rights of children and adolescents.
At present, the Dominican State is in the process of preparing the new country report on the situation of children’s rights. A first report had been submitted to the Child Rights Committee in 1999 and later in 2001, a complementary one was prepared upon the request of the Committee.
To reach these goals would mean to transform the lives of millions of children in particular the most excluded and vulnerable ones, who would thus be protected against poverty, extreme malnutrition, serious illnesses and early death. These children would have access to safe water, to decent sanitary installations and to the complete cycle of primary education, among other rights.
The UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Dominican Government and civil society, through technical and financial support, contributes to strengthen national capacities, in order for the country to be better able to reach the objectives in favour of children adopted in the international agreements mentioned above.