Children in Haiti wait for the distribution of water and food after a tropical storm. 
Photo: UN Photo/Marco Dormino.Children in Haiti wait for the distribution of water and food after a tropical storm. Photo: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

Children’s rights still at risk

10/15/2009 // Twenty years ago the Convention of the Rights of the Child came into force. Today the UN General Assembly discussed the challenges that remain with regards to the promotion of children’s rights. Norwegian Ambassador Mona Juul stressed that while there has been progress in the last two decades, much remains to be done on this issue.

Norway’s statement particularly emphasized the importance of children’s right to participate in all issues that concern them and in society. This is the main issue in the resolution on the rights of the child presented to the 64th General Assembly.

Furthermore, the statement commented on the UN Study on Violence against Children, which revealed widespread violence against children. Norway highlighted the need to move violence against children higher up on the agenda in the UN and welcomed the appointment of Ms Marta Santos Pais as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children.

Norway also commended the continued effort of the Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict and expressed support to the decision of the U.N. Security Council (resolution 1882) to "name and shame" countries and insurgents groups engaged in conflicts that lead to children being killed, maimed and raped.

Read Ambassador Juul's complete statement here.


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