New UN report on street children
Vienna – Kyiv, August 2012 - The Report on Study on the Protection and promotion of the rights of children working and/or living on the streets has been released by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). This report prepared through a unique cross-sector partnership with the Consortium for Street Children, Aviva and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
It concludes that the number of children in street situations fluctuates according to socio-economic, political and cultural conditions, including growing inequalities and patterns of urbanization. It recognizes that before reaching the street, children have experienced multiple deprivations and violations of their rights, which leads to them developing strong connections to the street.
The Repot puts forward a holistic understanding of street children which emphasises their relationships and connections to the street, and defines them as children for whom the street is a central reference point - one which plays a significant role in their everyday lives and identities.
The main recommendations include:
According to experts estimates, about 100 000 children are living or working on the streets in Ukraine. We hope that this report will serve as a platform for future work at national, regional and local levels, as investing in children who are in street situations is an essential ingredient to building a society which respects human dignity and human rights.