Child rights monitoring
Every child has the right to life, health, non-discrimination and on the development of his full potential.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is a signatory of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
Relevant government authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina are making efforts to advance the rights of children in line with these Conventions. Still, there are some gaps that need to be addressed. Understanding these gaps fully is hampered by the absence of a coherent child rights data collection mechanism in the country.
Child rights coordination and monitoring mechanisms in Bosnia and Herzegovina exist and need to be further strengthened and their functioning across the country harmonized in order to fulfill more strongly the rights of all children in Bosnia and Herzegovina, including vulnerable children, such as children with disabilities, Roma children, children living in poverty, refugee and migrant children, children without parental care, children at risk of separation from their families and children in situations of emergency.
UNICEF supports the strengthening of child rights monitoring and coordination mechanisms throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina and provides opportunities for exchange of experiences, lessons learnt and other information in the area of child rights.
UNICEF supports relevant authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina in producing reliable data for monitoring Sustainable Development Goals and SDG indicators for children. For example, Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is currently being planned for implementation in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2019/2020 for the overall Bosnia and Herzegovina population and Roma population in Bosnia and Herzegovina. MICS results will serve to monitor trends in a number of areas, including child health, social protection, child protection and education.
UNICEF supports the implementation of surveys, studies, evaluations and assessments, including in emergency situations, which bring valuable data for policy planning and programming. Recently UNICEF supported the development of the Bosnia and Herzegovina Guidelines for Determining and Assessing the Best Interest of the Child, a tool that will be used by service providers and policy makers in multiple sectors to advance the rights of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.