Parliament of Georgia pledges stronger commitment to children and young people by signing MOU with UNICEF

17 December 2021
MoC with Parliament
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Tbilisi, Georgia. 17 December 2021. The Parliament of Georgia and UNICEF sign a historical Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening institutional cooperation between the parties for advancement of child rights in Georgia. The cooperation will also contribute to improving parliamentary oversight on the implementation of the Code on the Rights of the Child and other related laws, and enhancing children’s participation in decision making processes

The two-year Memorandum was signed today by the Deputy Chair of the Parliament, Chair of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Child Rights Protection, David Sergeenko and UNICEF Representative in Georgia, Ghassan Khalil. UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Philippe Cori attended the event as part of his official mission to Georgia.

 

"We are glad to have a strong partnership with the Parliament of Georgia and UNICEF will continue working closely with the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Child Rights Protection to support in implementation of the Code on the Rights of the Child." - Ghassan Khalil

 

“Parliament is the central institution through which the will of the people is expressed, laws are passed and government is held accountable”, said Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. ”Parliaments have the power to create real and lasting change for children whether related to education, health, protection, nutrition or participation. We are glad to have a strong partnership with the Parliament of Georgia and UNICEF will continue working closely with the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Child Rights Protection to support in implementation of the Code on the Rights of the Child”, Khalil added.

 

"The Parliament of Georgia upholds the implementation of the standards introduced by the Code on the Rights of the Child." - David Sergeenko

 

“The Parliament of Georgia upholds the implementation of the standards introduced by the Code on the Rights of the Child. The Permanent Parliamentary Council on Child Rights Protection supports the executive branch in strengthening accountability for child rights’ protection through improved monitoring and reporting mechanisms”, said David Sergeenko, Deputy Chair of the Parliament of Georgia, Chair of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Child Rights Protection.

Under this Memorandum, the Parliament and UNICEF agree to join efforts to further advance Georgian legislation in line with international child rights instruments and standards and to harmonize it with the requirements of the Code on the Rights of the Child. As part of the signed agreement, the capacity of the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Child Rights Protection will be further strengthened to provide effective monitoring of the implementation of the Code on the Rights of the Child. Memorandum also envisages strengthening the human and institutional capacity of the Parliament and advance a child rights culture in the legislative body.

Three seminars on child rights for the members of the Parliament and the Permanent Parliamentary Council on Child Rights Protection were organized by UNICEF in 2021 to discuss the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Code on the Rights of the Child of Georgia and the role of parliamentarians in protecting child rights. As of today, up to 20 per cent of the parliamentarians have undergone these trainings and improved their understanding of child rights.

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