Karachi, November 17, 2016 (PPI-OT):A large number of children, both boys and girls, their parents and teachers, high – ranking government functionaries, representatives of civil society organizations, International and United Nations agencies – all celebrated Universal Children’s day with great enthusiasm, whereby a pledge to promote mutual understanding and a commitment to the full realization of the rights of the child is made.
The Department of Social Welfare (SWD) Government of Sindh, in collaboration with UNICEF, commemorated Pakistan’s ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1990 on Friday, at a local hotel in Karachi. Addressing the gathering, minister social welfare Shamim Mumtaz invited all stakeholders to come together and join the government’s efforts to ensure that every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.
She said that SWD Sindh is alive to the fact that concrete coherent and consistent approaches are required to improve the situation of children in the province. In this regard, the Department is playing a significant role in designing and implementing effective child – focused programs, throughout the province.
She said that we strongly believe that promotion of the rights of children requires close cooperation with UN bodies as well as other national and international organizations. Accordingly, the Department has enjoyed a long – standing partnership with UNICEF, particularly with regard to its mandate to prevent and protect children from violence, exploitation and neglect.
This year, Universal Children’s Day coincides with UNICEF’s 70th anniversary, during which the UNICEF has played its part in contributing to the strengthened realization of the rights of the child in Pakistan, particularly with regard to the right to survival and development, education and protection, ensuring that millions of children in the country to fulfil their potential.
On this important day UNICEF renews its commitment to bring hope to children whose lives have been torn apart by conflict and crisis, to children who are living in extreme poverty, to children affected by the growing effects of climate change, to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children, not only in Pakistan, but globally. Secretary Social Welfare Dr. Shireen Mustafa also spoke on the occasion.
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