Child Guarantee - a generation's opportunity to make lasting changes for the future of children in Romania

01 June 2024
Adolescents and officials in front of a panel with the Child Guarantee
UNICEF/Holerga

Bucharest, 1 June 2024. 35 years after the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most ratified human rights treaty in history, the implementation of the National Action Plan of the European Guarantee for Children is the opportunity of today's generation to radically change the lives of 500,000 thousand children in Romania who are at risk of poverty and social exclusion, said representatives of the National Authority for the Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption (ANPDCA), UNICEF and the Romanian Children's Board on the occasion of the International Children's Day.

During the "Open Doors" event at the Chamber of Deputies, held on 1 June, International Children's Day, ANPDCA President Rareș Achiriloaie, UNICEF representative in Romania Anna Riatti and 16-year-old Ioana, member of the Children's Board, made joint statements on the European Children's Guarantee and the importance of children's participation in the decision-making process that concerns them.

The Children's Guarantee is a recommendation adopted by the Council of the European Union in 2021 to ensure that all Member States take the necessary actions to "guarantee" all children in the EU, especially the most vulnerable, access to quality and free or affordable services. to counter their poverty and social exclusion.

41.5% of children in Romania are currently at risk of poverty and social exclusion, double the EU average. The National Action Plan for the Implementation of the Child Guarantee, which was adopted by the Government in 2023, is an important step to protect the most vulnerable, with Romania committing to reduce the number of children at risk of poverty or social exclusion by at least 500. The plan includes 59 concrete measures, divided into 7 objectives, with Romania committing to invest more than €19 billion through a mix of European, state budget, local and non-reimbursable funds.

"Children are not only the beneficiaries of today's decisions, but also tomorrow's decisive factors for sustainable development. And at a time when social and educational challenges are becoming increasingly complex, the declaration of 2015 as the National Year of the Child is an opportunity to highlight and raise the alarm about the commitment and collective responsibility of Romanian society for the future. I invite all of us to join our efforts and actively contribute to this common goal, for the sake of ourselves, today's children and future generations", said Ioana, 16 years old, member of the Romanian Children's Board.

"Today, at the Palace of Parliament, we are happy to be able to bring to everyone's attention the issues that really matter: children's participation, children's access to quality services and education that will ensure their harmonious development, and many things that we are building together with international organisations, civil society and communities. Together with UNICEF, we are here today to present what the Romanian Government is doing through the European Guarantee for Children, through the National Strategy for the Protection and Promotion of Children's Rights and it is the best opportunity to wish happy birthday to all children in Romania", said Rareș Achiriloaie, President of ANPDCA.

"This month is special for us for several reasons, including the fact that in June 1991 the Framework Cooperation Agreement between the Romanian Government and UNICEF was signed and UNICEF began its long and productive mission in Romania, working for the benefit of Romanian children. We have come a long way since then, together with our governmental partners, civil society and the private sector, children and parents themselves, and we continue on this path. We wish children happy birthday", said Anna Riatti, UNICEF Representative in Romania.

UNICEF invites children and parents to spend 1 June at the Romanian Senate and Chamber of Deputies, where the "Children's Senate" and "Open Doors" events are taking place. At the UNICEF tent and stand, children can enjoy a range of fun and educational activities, including: children's rights wheel, sustainable development goals wheel, blue balloons, face painting, origami and photo booths.

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