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National consultation held to shape final CRC state party reports

Dhaka, August 2, 2007: The final round of national consultation on the UN Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC) 3rd and 4th State Party report was held in the city today.
Held on August 1 and 2, the two-day meeting culminated a series of consultations across all divisions of Bangladesh that begun in Sylhet on 6 June, 2007.
Ms. Rokeya Sultana, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), was present at the official session of the consultation as the chief guest which was chaired Ms. Shahzadi Anjumanara, Deputy Secretary, MoWCA. Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh and Mr. Mostafa Kamal, Project Director, ‘Capacity Building for Monitoring Child Rights’ project also spoke at the occasion.
“It is an important mechanism to monitor and report the progress of CRC in Bangladesh through the experience and views of children and cross sectoral stakeholders … it also educates children as right holders and adults as duty bearers of the need for a critical partnership to realize the CRC,” said Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault commenting on the consultation process.
The 3rd and 4th state party report has been drafted by the MoWCA in coordination with other ministries with support from UNICEF.
Bangladesh was among the first few countries to sign and ratify the CRC in 1990, soon after it came into effect globally. According to article 44 of the Convention, the Government of Bangladesh is obligated to submit periodic state party report to the UN Child Rights Committee on the state of CRC implementation in the country.
The state party is responsible to submit an initial report two years after ratification and periodic report every five years thereafter. Bangladesh submitted the initial report and 2nd periodic report to the Committee in 1995 (due in 1992) and 2000 (due in 1997) respectively. The Committee gave their Concluding Observations on the reports with some specific recommendations for improving the lives of the country’s children. Bangladesh, however, could not submit the 3rd report which was due in 2002. Subsequently, the Committee allowed Bangladesh to submit the 3rd and 4th periodic reports as one consolidated report in September 2007.
MoWCA in association with UNICEF and NGO partners has followed a rigorous process by organizing consultations in all the divisions with concerned persons from different government ministries, departments, NGOs, academicians, professionals and individual resource persons with extensive participation by children.
The main objectives of these exercises were to gather information about interventions, progresses and gaps regarding children at divisional levels (not included in the draft report), to validate the accuracy of the data/information provided in the draft report and to identify obstacles and constraints to implementing the CRC.
Additional to these consultations, two children’s consultations were also organized in Rajshahi and Dhaka by Save the Children UK, Plan, Manusher Jonno Foundation, Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum in association with MoWCA and UNICEF. The inputs and feedbacks received from both adult and children consultations will be incorporated in the final state party report.

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Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury
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