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UNICEF and Government Call for Action to Realise the Rights of All Children

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25th Anniversary of the CRC reminds everyone that much remains to be done

Suva, November 20 2014 – Twenty five years ago the world’s youngest citizens were finally recognised by an international treaty – The Convention on the Rights of the Child. Until then there was no acknowledgement of the fundamental connection between the well-being of children and the strength of our societies.

“Today we celebrate and reflect on the Convention on the Rights of Children. It reminds us that focus on survival is good, but not enough; we also have to work for the development, protection and participation of children. The CRC gives us a checklist for every right for every child, and reminds us to pay especial attention to the children who are the most vulnerable,” said the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Ms, Osnat Lubrani in her opening speech.

The event also saw the launching of UNICEF’s flagship report – The State of the World’s Children titled ‘Reimagine the future: Innovation for every child.’ The report underlines the timeless relevance of the Convention and notes how the CRC has contributed to a marked transformation in the status of children. It includes special reference to how the Convention has supported substantial and measurable advances in child survival and development, raised awareness of and expanded solutions to child protection risks and promoted child participation as a fundamental right of children.

While launching the report Permanent Secretary of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta said “This year’s State of the World’s Children is different. It is inspired by the remarkable work unfolding in countries and communities around the world. It is guided by the principles for inclusive innovation that we are helping evolve. And much of its content is emerging out of the experiences and insights of people who are actively working to make the world better for every child.”

He added that “The government strives to make the country a better one for all children. In September, upon the government’s return from presenting Fiji’s CRC report to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva, the Ministry took on a name change - Women, Children and Poverty alleviation – to reflect its dedication to all children in Fiji.”

“We want to ensure all children have access to health, education, clean and safe water, better sanitation and protection from violence, abuse or exploitation. We are working with all partners – line ministries, civil society organisations, the private sector and faith based organisations to ensure no child is left behind,” he said.

Year Seven student Ms Natalia Nacola from Holy Trinity School summed up the main message from the Permanent Secretary and the UN Resident Coordinator when she urged everyone to “Dedicate themselves to the Convention on the Rights of the Child – and to act, with urgency, to advance those rights, for every child. I urge you to challenge yourselves to do even more for children through eternal political commitment, strategic investments, and actions that match your words.”

Much has been achieved and deserves celebration. However much remains to be done.

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About Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation:

The services of the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation cuts across all the socio economic sectors in Fiji, which includes supporting families without income support, children at risk, the ultimate need to empower women for greater value adding to mankind; and to improve services to both disabled and older persons. The Ministry is a culmination of two Departments namely the Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Women. For more information about the Ministry and its work visit: http://www.welfare-women.gov.fj/

About UNICEF: 

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. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: unicefpacific.org

For further information, please contact:

Donna Hoerder, UNICEF, Tel: +679 3236 100, dhoerder@unicef.org

Anshoo Mala, Min. of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Tel + 679 3315 585, anshoo.chandra@govnet.gov.fj

 

 

 
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