The Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed in 1989, guarantees children the right to life, education, the right to play and to be protected
Report received by email from Sudan Radio Service:
Friday, November 20, 2009 (Nairobi) - The United Nations has marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The UN says that the Convention on the Rights of the Child has transformed the way children are treated.Note, the website of Sudan Radio Service is having technical difficulties.
The deputy representative for UNICEF Somalia, Hanan Suleiman, says that various attempts are being made in Sudan to safeguard children's rights.
[Hanan Suleiman]: "There are various rights in the convention related to health and education. Issues such as harmful traditional practices. You will see that in most countries, including Sudan which has signed and ratified the convention, that various attempts are being made. We have seen that in the last few years, education has improved for young children and we have seen enrollment increase in various countries including Sudan itself although we still have a long way to go. We have also seen improvements when it comes to access to clean drinking water which is another important issue for children.”
Hanan Suleiman added that UNICEF is staging a series of events around the world to commemorate today’s event.
[Hanan Suleiman]: “In the countries we are working in we continue to provide humanitarian and development assistance to children around the world in the areas of health education, water and sanitation and protecting their rights. We are also commemorating the day today by holding awareness sessions in different countries as well as working with governments to raise awareness of the convention. We are also trying to use this as an opportunity to get countries to apply the convention and make sure it is being implemented and that is one of the key messages we are sending out today.”
The Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed in 1989, guarantees children the right to life, education, the right to play and to be protected from abuse.