UNICEF Welcomes Viet Nam’s Progress on Implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Hanoi, 9 May 2005: The Government of Viet Nam’s progress in implementing the Convention of the Rights of the Child and respecting the rights of all Vietnamese children, is welcomed, said UNICEF at a press conference held in Hanoi, today.
The press conference was held at the end of the first visit to Viet Nam, by Mr Jakob Doek, Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which monitors the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights instrument in the world.
“UNICEF welcomes the Government of Viet Nam’s initiative in officially inviting Mr Doek to Viet Nam, to see first hand, the country’s progress in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” said Mr Christian Salazar, Officer-in-charge of UNICEF Viet Nam. “2005 is a big year for Vietnamese children. UNICEF hopes that the protection of children from violence and exploitation becomes an important part of the Government’s 2006-2010 Socio-economic Development Plan. Furthermore, that the approaching 10th Congress of the Communist Party renews its explicit support for child rights,” continued Mr Salazar.
UNICEF also noted that in view of the upcoming World Trade Organisation Accession of Viet Nam, that the Government be encouraged to conduct an assessment of the impact of further trade liberalization on children.
While in Viet Nam, Mr Jakob Doek took the opportunity to meet and talk with different groups of children. He visited a reformatory school in Ninh Binh province, a boarding school for ethnic minority children in Quang Ninh province, met with Agent Orange victims and members of the Junior Reporters Club as well as held discussions with a wide range of government officials, including the Vice President and members of the National Assembly and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr Jordan Ryan. He also attended a national workshop on the rights of the child.
“I recognize the progress made and the challenges that remain, here in Viet Nam in realizing the Convention on the Rights of the Child,” commented Mr Jakop Doek. “In particular, I would like to highlight the important role of the National Assembly, the Peoples’ Councils and the Committee on Population, Family and Children (CPFC) in monitoring and supporting the realisation of the rights of all Vietnamese children. I note the more active participation of children and young people in discussions and decisions important for them as reflected in the activities of the Junior Reporters Club. I commend the Government of Viet Nam for its efforts to implement the CRC, the considerable progress made and encourage it to continue and strengthen as much as possible its activities for children’s rights”. Mr Doek concluded.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) sets out what governments and individuals should do to promote and protect the indivisible human rights of all children. Unanimously adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989, it has since been ratified by all the world’s governments except Somalia and the United States of America. In 1990, Viet Nam became the first country in Asia and the second country in the world to ratify the Convention. The Convention is UNICEF’s guiding frame of reference and provides a legal foundation for the ethical and moral principles underlying UNICEF’s work with children. States that have ratified the Convention are required to submit regular reports to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, every five years, on how the rights of children are being implemented. Viet Nam last reported to the Committee in 2002.
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