14 December 2012

Liberia: UNICEF Boss Reaffirms Support - for the Right of the Child

The Resident Representative of the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Liberia Madam Isabel Crowley has reaffirmed UNICEF's continued support to the Liberian Government and all development partners for the wellbeing of all children in Liberia.

Speaking at the Monrovia City Hall over the weekend at program commemorating the 23rd Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Madam Crowley said Liberians will get to know the specifics of these issues as outlined by the committee in the vision 2030 and how to go implement them.

According to her, a segment of the United Nations organization responsible for children around the world will do all within its power to ensure that the rights of all children in the country are protected.

Her statement was contained in a briefing and presentation on the convention on the right of child (CRC). Concluding observation to Liberia second, third and fourth report on the CRC she praised the Liberian Government for defending the CRC report at the 61 section of the Child Committee in September this year.

According to her, the Liberian Government was represented by Julia Duncan Cassel, Minister of Gender and Development, Counselor Christiana Tah, Minister of Justice, Etmonia Tarpeh, Minister of Education and Vivian Cherue, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare.

Madam Crowley also used the occasion to thank the government of Liberia for sending such a dynamic and committed team which according to her demonstrated the Government's commitment to the wellbeing and protection of all children in Liberia.

She said that the Child Rights Committee was very impressed with Liberia's achievement to date, particularly mentioning the adoption of the Children's Law and the integration and protection of the child as captured in key government policies and strategies.

Speaking further, the UNICEF Boss emphasized the need for targeted legislative and administrative reforms to enable the full enforcement of the Children's Law and increase budgetary allocation for children strategically addressing the persistent disparities related to gender, disabilities, geographical location and other key indicators.

"So, while much progress has been made, we must continue working to overcome the many challenges that remain ensuring that all children in Liberia grow up in a safe and productive environment and are able to fully enjoy their rights", Madam Crowley intimated.

Liberia is among 153 countries in the world which is partaking in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), one of the most widely endorsed human rights treaties in the world.

The convention establishes states that parties must ensure that all children have access to services such as education and health care, protection from violence, abuse and exploitations.

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