UNICEF and the Municipality of Beirut sign an MoU to strengthen collaboration linked child’s rights
Beirut, 28 July 2020 – UNICEF and the Municipality of Beirut signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further expand their partnership towards fulfilling the rights of children and youth, their protection and participation in decisions that affect their lives.
The signing ceremony was attended by the Governor of Beirut Judge Marwan Abboud, President of Municipal Council Mr. Jamal Itani, Council Members, Mohammad Fayyazi, UNICEF Senior Programme Manager and UNICEF staff in Lebanon.
The governor of Beirut explained the importance of the MoU saying that “In light of the current economic conditions, Beirut municipality sees the need to cooperate with all local and international organizations, especially UNICEF, and benefit from its global experience for the benefit of children in the city.” and he added: “With the increase of children working on the streets and their exploitation in begging, and the worst types of work, Beirut Municipality finds this partnership necessary to reduce the risk to which these boys and girls are exposed in particular through appropriate and practical programs and solutions in coordination with all concerned authorities. This cooperation aims to guarantee the rights of the child (growth, development and participation in local government) in order to make Beirut a child friendly city”.
“As the Convention on the Rights of the Child turned 30, and as we continue our work towards realising every right for every child, such partnerships are essential,” said Fayyazi. “We welcome the Municipality of Beirut’s continued commitment to promote the rights of children and young people and UNICEF will provide the technical support to the Municipality while keeping them updated with regards the progress of the implementation of the child rights convention recommendations and linkages with the relevant stakeholders”.
The MOU will strengthen efforts for joint work and support for UNICEF’s programmes and for improved technical cooperation. These efforts will be guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child to promote and improve the welfare of children. The fulfilment of key child rights occurs at the local level.
Slow and declining economic growth in recent years, coupled with national and regional political instability continues to have an impact on poverty in Lebanon. Children and adolescents are at high risk of poverty translated in child labour, drop out form schools, vaccine dropouts, violence, discrimination and exclusion. Risks are exacerbated for children with disabilities and girls in emergency and crisis settings and when there are no targeted interventions in place.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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