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Bosnia and Herzegovina marks the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Sarajevo, 15.11. 2009.  –  UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina will support a number of activities to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Convention is the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children.  Since 1989, the CRC has achieved near-universal acceptance, having now been ratified by 193 parties.

“The Convention has transformed the status of children, improved their access to basic services, such as health, education and social protection. It has also improved gender equity and articulated child participation as a fundamental right.” - said Ms. Florence Bauer, UNICEF Representative in BiH.

UNICEF and Government representatives have invited children, their parents, schools, INGOs, NGOs, and the media from all parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina to join in celebrating this important anniversary.

Chronology of events:

Monday 16th November, 7pm: Special event to announce the appointment of the first UNICEF  Ambassador for Bosnia and Herzegovina (TBC)

Tuesday 17th November, 10am: UNICEF and the Novi Grad Sarajevo Municipality will open the first Integrated Early Childhood Development Center, under the initiative “The best start for every child”. The Center is located on Alipasino Polje, Trg Nezavisnosti 8.

Tuesday 17, 11am – 1pm: “Open dialogue with children” . This event is organized in collaboration with the Parliamentary Commission for Human Rights and the Ministry of Human Rights and Refugees. This will be a key opportunity for children to meet Parliamentarians and discuss their rights. The meeting will take place in the Blue Room of the BiH Parliament Building.

Tuesday 17th November, 12:00: Round Table co-organized by the Federal Public Health Institute and UNICEF on the nutritional status of children and women in BiH. Launch of the “Status of Iodine and Anaemia in BiH” survey results. The event will take place in Radon Plaza Hotel.

Wednesday 18th November, 11am to 1pm: Children and Parents Round Table on “Child Rights now and then”. School children and their parents will have an open dialogue about the 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, at the Mala Basta Restaurant in Sarajevo.

Thursday 19th November, 10am: UNICEF representatives will participate in the conference organized by the Regulatory Communication Agency (RAK) on the “Protection of children from inappropriate TV contents”, at the Hotel Bosnia Sarajevo.

Thursday 19th of November, 11am: UNICEF will participate in the press conference on children’s rights, organized by the NGO “Vesta” in collaboration with the European Commission and NGO partners, at the premises of the EC Delegation in Sarajevo.

Friday 20th of November, 11am: On International Children’s Day, the Ministry of Civil Affairs and UNICEF are co-organizing a Conference on child rights, in the White Room of the BiH Parliament Building. On this occasion, UNICEF will release its flagship report focusing on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the United Nations General Assembly.

Friday 20th of November, 1pm: The main event of the International Children’s Day will be the presentation of the Children’s claims and wishes wall at the entrance area of the Parliament building in Sarajevo and at the Children’s Theatre in Banja Luka.

A media campaign to present and promote the Children’s claims and wishes is also taking place in November and December throughout Bosnia and Herzegovina. This will include radio and TV spots, billboards and the dissemination of posters to NGO partners and schools. All children are invited to contribute with their claims and wishes addressed to decision makers. Numerous government institutions and international organizations will exhibit the Children’s claims wall in their premises to support the celebration of the CRC 20th Anniversary.

Friday 20th of November, 6pm, in Banja Luka: the Festival Little Composer will take place at the Youth Theatre in Banja Luka, with direct TV broadcasting.

Monday 23rd November, 12:00, in Banja Luka: a two-day workshop on communication for children´s rights is organized for the media by UNICEF and the NGO Media Initiatives.   .

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to contribute to build a world where the rights of every child are fulfilled, as mandated by the United Nations General Assembly.  In the last 20 years,  guided  by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has been promoting child health and nutrition, quality basic education,  protection of children from violence and exploitation,  advocating for children's full participation in the political, social, and economic development of their communities. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. In Bosnia and Herzegovina UNICEF focuses on addressing three key issues that are still challenging the fulfillment of child rights: poverty, social exclusion and system weaknesses.


For further information, please contact:
Nela Kacmarcik, UNICEF BIH, Sarajevo, Kolodvorska 6
Phone: +387 33 723 312, Mob: +387 61 192 084

Speech by Ms Florence Bauer, UNICEF Representative (Conference on Children's Rights)





Speech by UNICEF Representative, Ms Florence Bauer


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