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High-Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region, 4-6 November 2010, Beijing

Welcome to the webpage for the High-Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region, which the Government of China will host in Beijing from 4 to 6 November 2010.  The meeting is being convened with the support of UNICEF’s Regional Offices for South Asia and East Asia and the Pacific.

The meeting will bring together senior representatives from 28 governments from across the Asia Pacific region to discuss and explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in the promotion of child rights, within the framework of South-South cooperation.

Regional and international organizations with a strong record in promoting intra-regional cooperation, including Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), will be participating in Beijing.

While the Beijing High-Level Meeting seeks to build on the series of earlier regional high-level consultations that began in 1991, these consultations also represent the beginning of a more intensive effort for participating countries to share their experiences in seeking to strengthen child rights, and to establish effective mechanisms to support ongoing exchange and cooperation for the benefit of children across the Asia Pacific region.

Ratification by participating countries of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is universal, and most have ratified its two Optional Protocols - (i) on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict and (ii) on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography.

Participating governments in Beijing will exchange notes on their respective achievements, as well as lessons learned and future challenges, in managing three main thematic issues for the High-Level Meeting:

(i) A Systems Approach to Child Protection and Child Welfare in the Asia Pacific Region;
(ii) Achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with Equity: Country Experiences in the Asia Pacific Region; and
(iii) Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific Region.

These three conference themes represent issues of growing importance to countries of the Asia Pacific, and areas where there would be significant advantage in greater intra and inter-regional cooperation.

We are looking forward to discussions in Beijing, and the potential gains to be made in advancing child rights in the Asia Pacific region from more regular and closer cooperation.

Conference Background Papers

UNICEF has commissioned the preparation of four (4) conference background papers on each of the major conference themes, to help inform and stimulate discussion in Beijing.  These papers will be posted on the web page as they are finalised.  As hard copies of the papers will not be circulated in Beijing, participants to the High-Level Meeting should download the papers from the following links:

(i) South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific region;

(ii) A systems approach to Child Protection and Child Welfare in the Asia Pacific region;

(iii) Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific region; &

(iv) Achieving MDGs with Equity: the Experiences of Countries in the Asia Pacific region.

Country panel presentations

These consultations in Beijing have been structured to maximise the opportunities for the 28 participating governments to:  (i) share their experiences in seeking to strengthen child rights; and (ii) provide their views on the value of further intra and inter-regional cooperation for child rights, and how they can contribute to this.

Of the 28 governments that will be participating in the Beijing High Level Meeting, 14 have agreed to deliver panel presentations during the major plenary sessions.  The scheduled panel presentations are from:

(i) India, Nepal, Singapore and Thailand on the Philosophy and Practice of South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia Pacific Region;

(ii) China, Malaysia and Pakistan on Child Protection and Child Welfare in the Asia Pacific Region;

(iii) Cambodia, China, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Viet Nam on Addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with Equity: Country Experiences in the Asia Pacific Region; and

(iv) Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands on Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific Region.

Panellists were selected on the basis of known good practices in the region.  These panel presentations will be important in stimulating wider discussion and debate in each session.  Once country presentations have been delivered, there will then be an opportunity in each plenary session for informal interventions from the floor and discussions with the panel.

Each of the countries making panel presentations will also submit supporting papers in Beijing to provide further detail on their experiences and achievements in advancing child rights within the relevant session theme that could usefully be shared, and their views on how South-South cooperation can contribute further in strengthening children's rights in the region.  These supporting papers will be posted on the High Level Meeting web page, as they become available.

Presentations in Beijing
 
The following are copies of the powerpoint presentations and comments made by participants during the 4-6 November High Level Meeting on Cooperation for Child Rights:

Session 1: The Philosophy and Practice of South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in the Asia-Pacific Region

Presentation by Mr. Sudhir Kumar, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Women & Child Development, India


Presentation by Mr. Somlal Subedi, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Nepal


Presentation by Mrs. Yu-Foo Yee Shoon, Minister of State for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Singapore


Presentation by H.E. Mr. Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, Deputy Minister for Social Development and Human Security, Thailand


Session 2: Child Protection and Child Welfare in the Asia Pacific

Presentation by Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children, on ‘A systems approach to child protection and welfare’


Presentation by Senator YB Heng Seai Kie, Deputy Minister for Women, Family and Community Development, Malaysia


Presentation by H.E. Mrs. Samina Khalid Ghurki, Federal Minister for Social Welfare and Special Education, Pakistan


Presentation by H.E. Sun Shaocheng, Vice Minister, Ministry of Civil Affairs, China

Comments by Hon. Mr. Sarv Deo Prasad Ojha, Minister for Women, Children and Social Welfare, Nepal


Session 3: Addressing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with Equity: Country Experiences in the Asia Pacific Region

Presentation by Dr. Qin Geng, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Health, China


Presentation by Ms. Badra Withanagee, Director for Education, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka


Presentation by Mr. Nguyen Hai Huu, Director General, Department of Child Protection, and Care, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Viet Nam

Comments by H.E. Ms. Adina Othman, Deputy Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Brunei Darussalam 

Session 4: Addressing the MDGs with Equity: Country Experiences in the Asia Pacific Region

Presentation by H.E. Nath Bunroeun, Secretary of State, Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports, Cambodia


Presentation by Hon. Corazon Juliano Soliman, Secretary of Social Welfare and Development, the Philippines

Session 5: Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific Region

Presentation by Catherine Cameron, Director, Agulhas: Applied Knowledge on ‘Children and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Asia Pacific Region’


Presentation by Hon. Dr. Muhammad Abdur Razzaque, Minister for Food and Disaster Management, Bangladesh


Presentation by Dr. Nina Sardjunani, MA, Deputy Minister for Human Resources and Cultural Affairs, National Planning and Development Agency, Indonesia

Comments by Hon. Lyonpo Thakur Singh Powdyel, Minister for Education and Chairperson, National Commission for Women and Children, Bhutan

Session 6: Regional Perspectives and Partnerships

Presentation by Mr. Donald Clarke, Chief, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Section, Social Development Division, UN ESCAP


Presentation by Dr. Jimmie Rodgers, Director General, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC)


Presentation by Mr. Paul Heytens, Country Director, PRC Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank (ADB)
 

 

 

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