CRC@20: Ministry of Justice and UNICEF to promote child rights in Ukraine
5 November 2009, Kyiv – The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Ministry of Justice of Ukraine agreed to cooperate in promoting child rights in Ukraine. On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Minister of Justice of Ukraine Mykola Onyschuk and UNICEF Representative Yukie Mokuo have signed the joint statement on importance of child rights protection and promotion in Ukraine.
In the framework of the joint educational outreach, Ministry of Justice and UNICEF will promote child rights protection and dissiminate information on the International Children’s Day and 20th anniversary of the CRC observed worldwide on 20 November through the Ministry’s info centres in all regions of Ukraine. According to the signed agreement, a series of public events will be organized in schools and universities, as well as publications in the local media using CRC@20 information package developed by UNICEF.
On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), establishing one set of fundamental rights for all children and young people. Today, the CRC is the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world. It was ratified by 193 states, except the United States and Somalia. In 2009 the world community is celebrating 20th anniversary of the CRC.
Ukraine has made a number of commitments to improve the wellbeing of children - particularly by signing the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. On 27 February 1991 the Convention was ratified by the Parliament of Ukraine (Verkhovna Rada) decree №789XII (78912) and it came into force for Ukraine on 27 September 1991. Also, in 2003 and 2005 respectively two Optional Protocols to the UN CRC - on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict - were ratified by the Parliament of Ukraine and became an integral part of Ukraine national legislation.