Vientiane, 20th November 2019 – On the occasion of World Children’s Day which this year coincides with the 30th Anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), iconic landmarks are going blue around the world. In Lao PDR, Mrs Bandith Prathoumvanh, Vice President of the Lao Women’s Union and of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children (NCAWMC) and Ms Beate Dastel, UNICEF Representative a.i., lighted in blue historic Patuxay monument in Vientiane in support of the realization of children’s rights in the country.
“World Children’s Day reminds us of the importance of putting children first. Everyone has an important role to play in prioritizing children’s right to a brighter future, including the Government, development partners and the society as a whole. If we give children a fair chance, they will develop to their full potential,” stated Mrs. Prathoumvanh.
World Children’s Day – celebrated around the world on 20th November every year – aims to raise awareness and funds for the millions of children that are denied their right to adequate health care, nutrition, education and protection.
As part of the CRC celebrations the Government of Lao PDR, together with partners from the private sector, civil society, and development cooperation last week made a renewed commitment to support and protect children’s rights in the country.
Participants pledged their support to develop Lao human capital by achieving SDG1 and the national target of reducing the percentage of children who are multidimensionally deprived by half by 2030, and to make investments in children, adolescents and young people a key priority in the 9th and 10th National Socio-Economic Development Plans (NSEDPs).
“Spending on a child’s health, nutrition, education, protection, and social, emotional and cognitive development is not only a sound economic investment but morally it is the right thing to do. Surviving and developing to their full potential is the fundamental right of every child,” stated H.E. Mr Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Minister to the Prime Ministers’ Office and Vice President of the NCAWMC.
In a global day of action around the world, children will be hosting summits with leaders and decision-makers. On this day, and in recognition of Lao PDR’s commitment on children’s rights, a Lao youth advocate has been invited to give a statement at the UN General Assembly.
“We, Lao youth, believe that the right to access quality education should be given to every child. We want interactive learning and access to computers in schools, to learn the right skills for finding a good job in the 21st Century,” said 15-year-old Panyphorn Vongmala, Lao youth representative.
“Today, we are asking everyone to go blue in support of children’s rights,” said Ms Beate Dastel, UNICEF Representative a.i. “If we look at the situation of children in Laos, there has been important progress over the last years, but change needs to be accelerated for every child to thrive by 2030. Building the human capital of the Lao Generation 2030 by investing in both the first and second of life is key to ensure every child has every right by 2030.”
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children in Lao PDR, visit: http://www.unicef.org/laos
For more information, please contact:
Ms. Maria Fernandez Ruiz de Larrinaga, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Lao PDR
Tel: +856-21 315 200-4 (ext. 119)
Mobile: +856 (0) 20 555 19681
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org.