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Timor-Leste celebrates 20th anniversary of Convention on the Rights of Child

Dili, 20 November 2009 - UNICEF presented the State of the World’s Children Report Special Edition to President Ramos Horta during the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The occasion was during the special ceremony commemorating the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  Commissioner on Child Rights Adelgisa Ximenes led the activity participated in by around 150 children and representatives from different government and non-government agencies.

The theme of the celebration was  “Together with children and community we maintain the social and cultural values that respect child rights --  Hear me and do the best for my life”.  To highlight the theme, children went to the Office of the President, National Parliament and PNTL led by MSS, MoE,Ba Futuru, Plan and ChildFund.

The UNICEF Report indicated that good progress on child survival and development and consolidation of efforts on child protection have been accomplished since the Convention was signed.  However, participation rights of children still have to be strengthened.  The Report also indicated that the impact of the economic crisis and climate change will have impact on children today and children of tomorrow. However, these same challenges can be opportunities to further stress the need to do more children.

Mr. Kukita ended his speech by saying that UNICEF was very pleased to have active partners, led by the Commission on the Rights of Child, in working towards the fastest improvements in the lives of Timorese children.

Prior to the event, the National Commission on Child Rights in collaboration with Government and NGO partners conducted a one day workshop on the Concluding Observations on CRC Report Convention on the Rights.

The Government of Timor-Leste has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Child on 10 December 2002 including two optional protocols.

 “The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most ratified human rights treaty in human history,” said UNICEF Representative Mr. Jun Kukita.  “It has transformed the way children are viewed and treated throughout the world.”

Child rights are based on four core principles – non-discrimination; the best interest of the child as primary consideration in matters that affect them; rights to life, survival and development, and respect for the views of children.


For more information please contact:
Mary Ann Q. Maglipon, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Timor-Leste. +670-7231103
Antonio Gomes, Communication Officer, UNICEF Timor-Leste (Tetum Queries) +670-7232441 

For over 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.



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