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Universal Children’s Day: Time to renew our promise to children
Tashkent, 20 November 2016 – Globally, enormous progress has been realized for children since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989. The world’s most rapidly and widely ratified human rights treaty, the CRC sets out a basic, universal standard for a healthy, protected, decent childhood for every human being.
Uzbekistan ratified the CRC in 1994. Since then, the Government has made significant progress towards progressive realization of rights of children in Uzbekistan, particularly in providing health and education services. Now, there is a need to further improve the quality of these critical services, and to strengthen the protective environment for children. There is also a need to reach out to the most vulnerable groups.
Next month, UNICEF will mark 70 years of working to bring life-saving aid, long-term support and hope to children at the global level. On the eve of this important milestone, UNICEF in Uzbekistan is engaging into a public dialogue around Early Childhood Development. High-quality care in families, child day care services, and preschools during the earliest years needs to be followed by high quality schooling and services into adolescence, to capitalize on inter-dependence between investments made in the successive stages of the life cycle.
This requires a multi-sectoral programme - starting with health services as an entry point; supporting families to deliver nurturing care; and promoting, protecting, and supporting early childhood development. UNICEF will assist the Government on the implementation of effective positive parent-support programs, which will provide training and resources for parents that can significantly improve the quality of nurturing care for young children.
“Around 250 million children - or 43 percent - of all children under the age of five in low and middle income countries are at higher risk of not reaching their developmental potential due to stunting, poverty, and disadvantage, which threaten their nurturing care,’ said Sascha Graumann, UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan. He added that ‘this not only has long-term effects on individuals, but also contributes to the cycle of poverty, inequality, and social exclusion that affects all countries.”
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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