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Jordan launches national plan of action for children

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Their Majesties signing the Plan's mission statement

AMMAN, JORDAN, 25 October 2004 - The Jordanian National Plan of Action (NPA) for Children was launched by His Majesty King Abdullah II and Her Majesty Queen Rania at noon today at Le Meridian Hotel, Amman.

The plan provides Jordan with a ten year blue print for children’s health, education, protection, media, and monitoring.  It builds on the achievements of Jordan’s previous NPA and the “World Fit for Children” declaration.  The declaration, signed by 190 States including the Jordanian Kingdom in 2002 at the United Nations Special Session on Children, provides set goals and a framework for children and young people. 

Jordan’s NPA for Children is also based on the reknowed Arab Plan of Action for Children which was endorsed at the Third Arab Congress on Child's Rights in Tunisia this year.

The Jordanian NPA for Children has been developed by more than 200 experts working for and with children in the country. For over a year now, ministries, non-governmental organisations, and the private sector have worked on drafting, reviewing, discussing, and agreeing on the final NPA. The process was spearheaded by the National Council for Family Affairs, the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, and the UNICEF.

Jordan’s  NPA is  in line with  the commitments the Kingdom made to  the  national strategy and plan of action for  Early Childhood and Development , the child labour strategy, the draft youth strategy and recommendations of the study on disadvantaged children.

The Jordanian NPA for Children is about a commitment for all  to work together for a Jordan “fit for children.”

For more information:

Hind-Lara Mango, UNICEF Jordan, + 009626-5502430, hmango@unicef.org

Mohmmad Al-Jribia, The National Council for Family Affairs,
+ 009626-4623490, mohmmadAl-Jribia@NCFA.ORG.JO





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