Colombo, Sep 02 (BAN/ AD): The 30-year anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child will be celebrated by Parliament of Sri Lanka together with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
This convention will give the parliamentarians a chance to make fresh commitments to ensure national agendas for the realization of child rights.
Ms. Jean Gough, Regional Director for UNICEF South Asia said “The Convention has helped to transform children’s lives for the better and has ensured that Governments have favourable policies, changed laws, and made investments so that more children get the chance to thrive and have a good, protected childhood. Nevertheless, the Convention is still not fully implemented everywhere, and millions of children continue to suffer violations of their rights when they are denied adequate healthcare, nutrition, education and protection from violence.”
Jean Gough added “We see new threats for children, but also many new opportunities for children to realize their rights. That is why we are content to be working with parliamentarians from all over South Asia to ensure that we speed up positive actions for children to ensure a healthy and educated young generation across the region.”
“The future of South Asia will depend on how best we take care of our children, 36 percent of the South Asian population. I am confident that the Colombo Declaration, emanating from the deliberations at the South Asian Parliamentary Platform for Children, will help to renew the commitment of policy makers, for ensuring that our children have all their rights fulfilled, which will empower them to face the challenges of the 21st century.” Said Speaker of the Parliament of Sri Lanka, Karu Jayasuriya.