A three-day workshop, co-facilitated by UNICEF and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights that engaged National Government agencies representing nine key areas focused on the rights for every child in PNG.
Under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which was ratified by the Government in 1993, children themselves must be able participate by speaking up about matters that affect them, and be heard, with their ideas and solutions taken into consideration in the final report.
Director of the Office of Child and Family, Simon Yanis stating that the ratification of the CRC in PNG in 1993 marked a crucial moment for children in the country. However ratification is only the first step in ensuring the nation’s children can enjoy their rights.
Some of the key outcomes of the workshop included the validation and adoption by the Government of the draft outline of the state party report and agreement on a detailed work plan with dates assigned to key milestones to work towards the submission of the state party report to the Committee in Geneva by the end of 2021.
This reporting process which the National Government is committed to will aim to be used as a policy development tool for children and to promote the respect for children’s rights across the country.