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UNICEF Uzbekistan marks International Children's Day with call for more action
Tashkent, 1 June 2015 - The United Nations Children's Fund called for a greater effort to improve the wellbeing of children in a message delivered at the main celebration marking the International Day for Protection of Children.
Mr. Robert Fuderich, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan used the occasion to remind those present, including Tashkent city officials, of the need to push for greater awareness and observance of children's rights as part of the state's commitment under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
"The task, however, must engage not just governments, but all members of society," he stressed in his speech, delivered at the Gafur Gulyam Park. "The standards and principles articulated in the Convention can only become a reality when they are respected and protected by everyone — within the family, in schools and in other institutions that provide services for children, in communities and at all levels of administration."
Mr. Fuderich drew particular attention to underprivileged children as a category that needs special care: "We have much to be proud of, but we should also remember that there are still many children in the world who do not fully enjoy their rights, including children fr om poor families, children living in institutions, children with disabilities, children who are HIV-positive, children affected by war, children in contact and conflict with the law and others."
The ceremony, also attended by journalists, parents, teachers and children, was organized by the Tashkent City Khokimiyat in partnership with the Association for Support of Children and Families and a host of other national and international organizations.
The celebration culminated with children fr om a variety of backgrounds running kites and flying colorful balloons into the sky in a symbolic event wishing for a world where all children fully enjoy their rights.