Swedish experts call the Ukrainian Parliamentarians to establish crossfaction group for child rights
8-11 June 2009, Kyiv – The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with the nongovernmental organization “Women’s Consortium of Ukraine” organized a visit of a member of the Swedish Parliament and representatives of nongovernmental organizations in Sweden. The purpose of the visit was to discuss the cooperation between the Parliament of Ukraine and nongovernmental organizations in order to strengthen right-based approach to the legislative work for children and enhance overall quality of the legislation for children.
The Swedish delegation had meetings with the representatives of Ombudsman office in Ukraine and Kateryna Lukyanova and Oksana Bilozir, members of the Parliament of Ukraine. During the meetings Krister Hammarbergh, member of Swedish Reichstag, called the Ukrainian government to establish a crossfactional parliamentary group to protect the rights of the child. This group is intended to work closely with nongovernmental organizations. It was noted that the members of this crossfactional group need to leave their political affiliation apart and protect children’s interests.
The establishment of the crossfactional group in Ukraine was discussed in more details on 10 June during the round table «Legislative Initiatives for Children: Ukraine – Sweden» with the participation of the members of Verkhovna Rada, nongovernmental organizations, Krister Hammarbergh, Simone Ek, independent consultant, Monica Lundgren, representative of Save the Children Sweden, and representatives from UNICEF.
“Ukraine has a long way join the EU, - Mr.Hammarbergh said, - but it is important to start building a stable foundation today”.
This visit was organized within UNICEF programme “Advocacy, Information and Social Policy” that aims to bring the rights of the child to the top of political and public agenda.