Managua.- As part of the actions to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) presented the “Child Rights Toolkit: Integrating Child Rights in Development Cooperation”, which is the result of a global-level strategic alliance between both institutions.
The toolkit will help strengthen the capacities of those working in the development field and foster the full integration of the rights of children and adolescents in all areas of development cooperation, including policy formulation and budgeting. Through eight modules on key areas containing practical and innovative tools, this practical guide also aims to share principles and instruments among the actors involved in order to effectively guarantee child rights.
According to the UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Bernt Aasen, "In order to address the problems faced by children and adolescents, global commitments have been taken on by most countries in the world, such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and strategic alliances have been established, such as those between the EU and UNICEF, with the aim of improving the practical application of the child rights-related commitments in our everyday work. None of the efforts we make to promote the rights of children make any sense if we are not able to specifically translate these legally-binding standards and commitments into viable steps and approaches." Mr. Aasen added that the practical toolkit being jointly presented with the EU was precisely intended to fill that gap.
According to UNICEF, the number of under-fives that die in the world each year, mainly from preventable causes, has fallen by almost 50%, from 12.6 million in 1990 to 6.6 million in 2012. Approximately 44% of those deaths happen during the first 28 days of life. Although at the global level the neonatal mortality rate has dropped from 33 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 1990 to 21 in 2012, a total of 2.9 million newborns still died in 2012.
This is just one of the 25 achievements we are celebrating as we approach the CRC’s 25th anniversary in November of this year. The following link provides more information about what we have achieved and what remains to be done: http://www.unicef.org/crc
According to Ambassador Sandomingo, the head of the EU Delegation in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama, "Children are fundamental for development and represent the future of our countries. In this sense, the EU has the responsibility to ensure that they have the appropriate conditions for their comprehensive development. This new toolkit is therefore a very important tool and represents a key decision-making step because it demonstrates in a practical way how EU cooperation can broadly and effectively contribute to the full realization and integration of children’s rights, mainstreaming them in all areas of our work, whether through the programmes we are executing with our partners in the government or with civil society institutions working in Nicaragua.
In the first eight months since its publication in 2014, the toolkit has been presented at several joint launches and workshops in places such as Addis Ababa, Geneva and Brussels. To date, over 100 human rights focal points from more than 90 EU delegations have incorporated it into their work. The Managua launch is the first official event jointly organized by the EU and UNICEF to promote this toolkit in Latin America.
The toolkit also provides institutions working in the area of child rights with guidelines on how they can fund, implement and administer development programmes in favour of children. Furthermore, it presents information on how donors can generate synergies with national governments to help realize their CRC-related obligations and provide specific solutions to reach the most marginalized and excluded populations.
The toolkit consists of eight modules and over 80 innovative and practical tools, as well as advice, guidance and resources. It can be obtained free online in English, Spanish and French versions (http://www.unicef.org/eu/crtoolkit/).
Nicaragua’s Minister of the Family, Adolescents and Children, Marcia Ramírez, thanked UNICEF and the EU for this tool that will help integrate child rights in a practical way at all levels. In her presentation, Ramírez detailed the systematic efforts the Nicaraguan government has been developing, as well as the different policies and joint actions implemented by the different government and municipal bodies and the Nicaraguan state for the restitution of child and adolescent rights. The Minister’s presentation can be heard using the following link:
The toolkit was launched at an event that included the participation of representatives from the Nicaraguan public sector, civil society organizations, the academic sector, the diplomatic corps, cooperation agencies and international organizations. It was presided over by Ambassador Javier Sandomingo, Head of the EU Delegation in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama and with the Central American Integration System; UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Bernt Aasen; Silvia Rucks, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nicaragua; and Minister of the Family, Children and Adolescents, Marcia Ramirez.
Margini A. Herrera Amador
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