In an historic extraordinary outreach session, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child met government officials, UN agencies, civil society and children to discuss the situation of children’s rights in the Pacific.
Written by UNICEF East Asia and Pacific
Apia (6 March 2020) – “For many years, we spoke and dreamed of holding a session outside Geneva,” said Committee Chair Luis Pedernera. “This week, that dream became a reality. It’s a historic moment.”
The Committee, which reviews the progress made by States in implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child, met in Apia from 2 to 6 March to review the situation of children’s rights in the Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Tuvalu. The Committee also held a preparatory meeting for a future review of Kiribati.
During their sessions, Committee members met children, UN agencies, national human rights institutions, and civil society to discuss the human rights issues that are important for children in the Pacific region.
“By holding a session in the Pacific, we wanted to draw the world’s attention to the pressing issues affecting the enjoyment of children’s rights in the region,” said Pedernera. “This week, the children we met with told us that all stakeholders need to work harder to guarantee their rights to participation, education, health, climate change and freedom from violence.”