Cambodia Celebrates 30 Years of Protecting Children’s Rights
AKP Phnom Penh, November 21, 2019 —
#everyright4everychild campaign was launched yesterday to accelerate the progress toward fulfilling the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and translating rights into realities for Cambodian children.
This is a three-month national, joint campaign on child rights by European Union, UNICEF, Save the Children, USAID and Child Rights Now.
The aptly named #everyright4everychild event was action-packed with fun-filled activities for children and families. Running from 12 noon until 6pm, attendees enjoyed live music and performances by: MC DJ Nana, MC Sok Serey, Tiny Toones NGO, other partner NGOs and Phare Ponleu Selpak Circus.
H.E. Ms. Carmen Moreno, European Union Ambassador to Cambodia said 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), the most widely ratified human rights treaty.
It represents a unique opportunity to speak about the children’s rights as a consensus, as well as raise awareness that children’s rights cannot be taken for granted, she continued, pointing out that the European Union is joining forces with the Royal Government of Cambodia to celebrate the tremendous progress achieved in child rights and to reiterate the joint commitment for every child in Cambodia to develop to their full potential, a precondition for inclusive and sustainable development.
UNICEF is proud to partner with the Royal Government of Cambodia to support progress towards the fulfillment of the rights of every Cambodian child. The CRC and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) go hand in hand. Children’s rights cannot be realised without the successful implementation of the SDGs and vice versa. Therefore, the Convention has never been more relevant than it is today in reaching those children who are so often disadvantaged, excluded, and marginalised, said Ms. Cristian Munduate, UNICEF Representative in Cambodia.
“This special occasion gives us an opportunity to reflect on the significant achievements made in Cambodia over the past 30 years to protect the rights of children, and to create a better future for all people,” said Mrs. Elizabeth Pearce, Cambodia Country Director for Save the Children.
“On this anniversary, Save the Children would like to reaffirm our strong commitment to upholding child rights in Cambodia through sustained collective efforts and supporting children’s holistic development. We applaud the strong collaboration across government ministries, development partners, non-governmental organisations and others to support the realisation of children’s rights in Cambodia,” she added.
Cambodia ratified CRC on Oct. 15, 1992 and since then has made remarkable progress in improving children’s lives. Over 97 percent of girls and boys are enrolled in primary school – more than ever before. The infant and under-five mortality rates have decreased by over 70 percent and access to improved water sources has tripled since 1990.
By Khan Sophirom