Children’s rights are human rights. UNICEF calls the Government to give higher priority to children
Kyiv, 7 March 2012 – During the extended session of the Cabinet of Ministers chaired by the President of Ukraine UNICEF Representative Yukie Mokuo urged to prioritize support to children and families.
According to UNICEF, the Government should better meet its obligations to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Protection of children's rights is indeed the Ukraine's commitment to protect human rights. A child has a fundamental right to grow up in his own family. And State Social Welfare should facilitate families and communities to protect their own children, enabling children to grow up free from isolation or discrimination, and to gain strong social and life skills, in a loving and protective environment.
“Ukraine has to raise the family and child protection system up to international standards, serving a clear step towards European Integration”, - emphasized Yukie Mokuo.
UNICEF Representative has strongly supported the initiative of Vice Prime Minister Sergiy Tigipko on implementing the “National Strategy for Ensuring the Rights of the Child and Family Support”. This strategy focuses on the most vulnerable populations, that is children and their families. It will help to prevent a child’s separation from their family and, when separation is unavoidable, focus on how a child can be reintegrated into his family. Encouraging children’s reintegration in society will also better guarantee that children and young people become active and productive citizens. Over the long-term, the strategy will increase the efficiency of the government’s social welfare system spending.
The policy decision to endorse this national strategy provides a concrete and immediate step in implementation of the Presidential reform. “This strategy is very important for Ukraine. I strongly believe it will be endorsed by the President, and enable the Government to follow up its implementation immediately”, - stated UNICEF Representative Yukie Mokuo.
“We will have a brighter future for children of Ukraine, as they grow up to their full potential, with their smiles in the most caring family environment. As always, UNICEF stands ready to support implementation of the Strategy and provide respective technical assistance”, - concluded Yukie Mokuo.