Sofia, 11 September 2019 - UNICEF Representative in Bulgaria Dr. Jane Muita and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria Mr Rumen Radev had a very fruitful meeting today ahead of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly 17-30th September. On the 25th of September the UN general Assembly will hold a High-level commemorative event to mark the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the rights of the Child.
Dr. Muita expressed her gratitude to Mr. Radev for his willingness to reaffirm Bulgaria’s commitment to child rights during the UNGA general debate.
‘The family is the best environment to raise and educate children. Therefore, the institutional efforts should focus on supporting parents, improving social environment, increasing incomes, and improving access to healthcare and education’, said President Radev.
The anniversary of the Convention provides an opportunity to celebrate the progress made and the successes of the CRC in transforming the lives of children for the past 30 years. It also offers an opportunity to all countries to reaffirm their commitment for child rights and for removing the global and national barriers and challenges for their fulfilment.
This year is also critical for putting more effort in accelerating the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development. Heads of State and Government will meet at a UN High-Level Political Forum convened during the 74th General Assembly to discuss progress made, challenges identified, and solutions proposed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals at local, national, regional and global levels.
“We at UNICEF, are extremely grateful of the active role Bulgaria is playing globally in promoting and advocating for child rights as a founder and co-chair of the Group of Friends of Children and Sustainable Development Goals. As UNICEF Representative, I would like to express our gratitude to Bulgaria for leading the preparation of the Global Pledge “For Every Child, Every Right”, said Dr. Muita.
The pledge was launched in July and has already been joined by 30 States. The signatory countries reaffirm their commitment to upholding and protecting the rights and principles enshrined within the Convention and to identifying and taking concrete, actionable and time-bound steps towards its full implementation - including within the context of national implementation of the SDGs and through policies, laws and budgets in the respective national contexts.
In a Resolution, adopted on 20th of June, the General Assembly decided to mark the Anniversary of the CRC – the 20th of November – with a high-level meeting, that will be prepared by the President of the General Assembly, with the support from the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF offices around the world, including Bulgaria, are marking the Anniversary of the Convention with activities throughout the year, engaging children, youth and the public. Throughout the world, including in Sofia, national summits for children will be organized on the 20th of November giving a chance to reflect on successes and the remaining challenges that need to be surmounted.