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The creation of the Ibero-American Network for the Defense of Children´s and Adolescents´ Rights is announced

Lima, November of 2007   Beatriz Merino, Peru's official ombudsman, announced the creation of the Ibero-American Network for the Defense of Children’s and Adolescents’ Rights within the framework of the closing session of the Congress of the Ibero-American Ombudsman Federation (FIO) held in Lima on November 21 and 22. The eleven Obmbudsmen representing the various participating countries signed the “Lima Declaration” wherein organizations of regional and international cooperation, the United Nations System of Organizations and other international systems are urged to continue offering their technical and financial assistance in order to develop this significant initiative. 

The attendees to the event agreed that although Ombudman’s Offices for the promotion and protection of children’s rights have been established, the life of millions of children and adolescents is still marked by poverty, marginalization, social exclusion, violence and exploitation, as well as many other types of maltreatment.

During this meeting the seminar “Equality and Non-Discrimination: The Role of Ibero-American Ombudman’s Offices” was organized, wherein the Ombudsman’s Offices for the Defense of Children considered the creation of a Pro Tempore Secretariat in order to offer sustainability to the recently created Ibero-American Network and develop its functioning, bylaws and structure. In this way, all bodies engaged in the defence of childhood and adolescence may be incorporated into the Network.   

Marta Santos Pais, the Director of UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, participated in the seminar within the framework of activities carried out to celebrate the 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. She considers that the work and experience being developed in Peru is very important as it consolidates the process of reflection while gaining an in-depth insight into the defence of the rights of children and adolescents. She also highlighted that the experience of Ibero-American countries in terms of participation and collaboration shall be very important within the agenda of the special meeting of the Ombudsman’s Offices for the Defense of Children to be held next December.     

The Ibero-American Ombudsman Federation-FIO brings together at regional level the Ombudman’s Offices, autonomous public institutions that encourage the respect and defence of the fundamental rights of citizens while ensuring their compliance pursuant to law.

For further information
Marilú Wiegold, mwiegold@unicef.org, UNICEF Peru
Elsa Úrsula, eursula@unicef.org, UNICEF Peru


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