UNICEF acknowledges achievements in children’s rights protection in Ukraine
19 November 2009, Kyiv - Today, on the eve of the 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Minister for Family, Youth and Sport of Ukraine Yuriy Pavlenko and UNICEF Representative Yukie Mokuo conducted the joint press conference on the state of the children’s rights protection in country. This day UNICEF has announced the key achievements and challenges in children’s rights protection in Ukraine.
According to UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo, during recent 5 years the significant progress has been made in the sphere of protection of the children’s rights in Ukraine. In particular, one of the key achievements is child care reform. In her opinion, the Government of Ukraine on priority basis should improve a health care system and address child poverty.
During the press-conference, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo said, “In Ukraine the number of orphans has been essentially decreased but the child poverty is still very high and needs to be addressed. Capacity of the health system to prevent and cure diseases and to address new emerging challenges needs to be strengthened. UNICEF will build up on cooperation with the Government to support in solving these issues to benefit the well-being of children in Ukraine”.
UNICEF observes the following achievements in the sphere of protection of children’s rights:
Among the key challenges and tasks to be addressed for the benefit of children in Ukraine, UNICEF points out the following ones:
Concluding her statement, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo emphasized: “Only joint efforts of Government, civil society and international organisations, business and communities leaders will ensure that these challenges are effectively addressed and guarantee full implementation of child rights in Ukraine according to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Let’s unite to make difference for the children in Ukraine”.
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Convention on the Rights of the Child: 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. 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 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.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in over 190 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. More information about UNICEF activities in Ukraine: www.unicef.org.ua