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Indonesia, UNICEF and the European Union mark 20 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

© © EU - UNICEF/2009
UNICEF and EU unveil CRC@20 and EU human rights guideline publications.

JAKARTA,  20  November,  2009  —  Representatives  of  the  Government  of Indonesia,  UNICEF and the EU gathered in Jakarta Friday to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child – the most universally ratified human rights treaty in history.

H.E.  Linda  Gumelar,  State  Minister  for  Women's  Empowerment and Child Protection,  H.E.  Ewa  Polano,  Ambassador  of Sweden and holder of the EU Presidency,  H.E.  Julian  Wilson,  Head  of the Delegation of the European Commission and Ms Angela Kearney, UNICEF Representative in Indonesia, spoke of  collective efforts to advance the rights of Indonesian children in line with  the  Convention. Professor Irwanto, PhD, Chair of the Institute for Research  and  Community Services at Atma Jaya University made a special presentation on children's rights in Indonesia.

The  event  also  provided  the  occasion  for  the  release  of  two  new publications  focusing  on  child  rights  -  a special edition of UNICEF's "State of the World's Children" report, which reviews progress for children over  the  last two decades, and the Bahasa Indonesia version of the global EU  Guidelines  on the protection and promotion of children's rights, which commit  the  EU  to  intensifying its action in this field in international forums, in its bilateral relations and through its development cooperation programmes.
The CRC is the most widely accepted human rights Convention in the world, with  192 States Parties have ratified the Convention since 1989. Indonesia ratified the instrument in 1990. 

H.E.  Linda Gumelar stated at the event: "The Government of the Republic of Indonesia  has  a  strong  commitment  to advance children's rights. At the centre of this commitment is our constitution of 1945 which clearly states the  importance  of children's rights. The Government of Indonesia has made significant breakthroughs to advance the children's  rights  as I have detailed  at  this  commemorative  event.  The  'State Ministry for Women's Empowerment' has also become the 'State Ministry for Women's Empowerment and Child Protection'." 

Meanwhile,  H.E.  Ewa Polano said: "The rights of the child are an absolute value  whose  realisation,  more than just a worthy goal in itself, makes a crucial  contribution  to  the  global  struggle  against poverty and armed conflict.  Moral obligation no less than self interest thus enjoins us to realise the rights of the child as enshrined in the Convention. 

"H.E.  Julian  Wilson  remarked:  "All  of  us  –  government, international agencies,  NGOs,  media,  families – have a duty and responsibility to work for the betterment of the lives of children and to ensure that the promises and  potential enshrined  in the Convention of the Rights of the Child are indeed translated into a living reality for every child."

© © EU - UNICEF/2009
Angela Kearney, Representative of UNICEF Indonesia, gives her welcome address.

Ms Angela Kearney stated: "We have watched the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child move from birth, through childhood to adolescence and now reach early adulthood. Over those years, the inalienable rights of children have shaped policy and actions here in Indonesia and beyond, helping ensure that the world is a better place for children. The task now is to ensure  that  no child is left out, that disparities are narrowed, that the expectations of children are fully met, and that together we build  on  the  progress  of  the  last  twenty years  and ensure that the fundamental  rights of children are reflected in every decision we make; at national, provincial and community level and in the heart of families. " 

European Commission: Charles Whiteley 62 2554 6210, Tioria Silalahi 62 2554 6215 or UNICEF: Edward Carwardine 62 815 11 33 1234,Lely Djuhari 62 811802338



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