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Ghana participates in high level conference to celebrate 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

26/11/2019 - 10:43
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Ghana was part of a high level conference organised by the European Parliament on 20 November 2019, to mark 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Its aim was to consider progress over the past three decades and reflect on the challenges that new generations face in a global and digital world.

High level conference to celebrate 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The conference was attended by Belgium's Queen Matilde, UNICEF's Belgium honorary president: together with David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament. Spanish singer David Bisbal and Ghana's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ms. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, also attended the event.

The Conference also commemorated the 60th anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly's Declaration of the Rights of the Child.

Delegates discussed children's rights to live and thrive and their right to dream.

Ghana is the first country to ratify the Convention and has since established public policies on children's rights, although much remains to be done.

Background:

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, strives to ensure better implementation of children's rights worldwide.  It has inspired the EU and its member states to change laws, policies and practices aimed at protecting and promoting children's rights, irrespective of their nationality or residence status.  The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child has become the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.

Ghana made history by becoming the first country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention in the Rights of the Child in 1990.

Attached:

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Biographies of participants at the high level conference

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