17 January 2017, TBILISI, Georgia – UNICEF welcomes the establishment of the Interagency Council on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child at the Administration of the Government of Georgia. The first meeting of the Council was organized yesterday and focused on the forthcoming plenary session of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to discuss Georgia’s fourth periodic report on the implementation of the Convention.
Georgia did not have such mechanism and this was one of the main recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in its latest concluding recommendations. The UN Committee recommended Georgia “to allocate principal responsibility for the coordination and evaluation of implementation of the Convention to a single mechanism and provide regular and adequate financial and human resources to comprehensively coordinate children’s rights.”
The Interagency Council in Georgia is chaired by the Head of the Human Rights Secretariat of the Administration of the Government and consists of the representatives of key Ministries, Parliament, Supreme Court, Public Defender’s office, UNICEF and some of the child rights’ NGOs.
The main objectives of the Council are: development of a comprehensive plan for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that will be part of the Government’s Action Plan on the Protection of Human Rights; coordination and monitoring of implementation of Georgia’s international and national obligations in protecting child’s rights; ensuring compliance of the Georgian legislation with the Convention and other international standards; collection of relevant data and information and ensuring implementation of the concluding observations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child requires coordination among central government departments, among different provinces and regions, between central and other levels of government and between Government and civil society. The purpose of coordination is to respect all of the Convention’s principles and standards for all children and to ensure that the obligations related to the Convention are not only recognized by those Governmental agencies which have a substantial impact on children ‑ education, health or welfare and so on ‑ but right across Government, including departments concerned with finance, planning, employment and defence, and at all levels.
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