Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF Romania – Partnership to Promote Child RightsBucharest, 20 November 2012. Children worldwide have the right to survival, development, protection from any form of abuse and exploitation, and to full participation in family, cultural and social life. Adults and governments have the responsibility and duty to ensure that the rights of all children are fulfilled. In 1989, the leaders of all UN Member States convened to prepare a set of promises to children under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed on November 20. Hence, this date became the Universal Children’s Day. Romania was one of the first countries to sign the Convention.
On the Universal Children’s Day, November 20, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Mr. Valeriu Zgonea, and the UNICEF Representative in Romania, Ms. Sandie Blanchet, signed the Letter of Intent for the partnership between the two institutions in the following years on behalf of Romanian children.
“UNICEF is a world-renowned organisation for children. In Romania, UNICEF has actively contributed in the past years to policies developed to protect child rights and improve Romanian children’s welfare. We need the UNICEF’s experience and expertise and therefore I am extremely happy to announce that we have signed the Letter of Intent which will foster closer cooperation between the Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF Romania in the next four years. I strongly believe that this partnership will help to better promote and support children’s rights in Romania and that it will get buy-in from all deputies who will take actions and pass laws in this area”, declared Valeriu Zgonea.
In her turn, the UNICEF Representative in Romania, Sandie Blanchet, said: “I am glad that this Letter of Intent has been signed on the Universal Children’s Day in recognition of the fact that, in the last 20 years, Romania has made considerable progress towards child rights fulfilment. With this partnership, the Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF will work closely together so that all children, and vulnerable children in particular, can enjoy their rights: to grow up in their biological families, to have access to health care, to go to school, to be protected from violence. Despite the unresolved matters on the child rights agenda, UNICEF recognises that Romania can provide good practice examples and share its experience with other countries in the region”.
Under this partnership, the Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF Romania are committed to support child rights application and monitoring in Romania, in the region and in the world, including by planning national and international debates. Moreover, in the areas of common concern, the Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF will inform and consult each other on progress made towards children’s rights fulfilment.
Furthermore, the Chamber of Deputies will support UNICEF initiatives for children and resource mobilisation for children’s rights, including through meetings, conferences and events held under the High Patronage of the Chamber of Deputies.
About UNICEF Romania
UNICEF is on the ground in Romania and other 190 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. In Romania, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality education, and the protection of children from violence, neglect, and HIV/AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.