MoSWRR commemorates World Children’s Day

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Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye speaks during the virtual ceremony to commenmorate World Children’s Day on 20 November 2020. Photo: MNA

The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement heldceremony to mark 31st anniversary of UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, World Children’s Day via videoconferencing yesterday.
Those present at the event were Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, Deputy Ministers, UNICEF Representative of Myanmar Ms June Kunugi, members of the national committee for children’s rights, committee on drafting policy and rules to protect the rights and welfare of children and the invited youths.
At the ceremony, Union Minister Dr Win Myat Aye, in his capacity as the chairman of National Committee on Rights of Child discussed the Declaration of the Rights of the Child by the 44th UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, and this year has been 31st-anniversary of annual celebration, acceding of Myanmar to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child on 15 August 1991, the celebration of Myanmar Children’s Day on 13 February (Bogyoke Aung San’s Birthday) in addition to World Children’s Day,
The Union Minister also highlighted policy, law, rule and strategy for early childhood care and development, comprehensive development programmes for the infant to 8 years of age, signing of conventions for children affairs, drafting of the Child Law, amendment of law if necessary, enactment of new children’s rights law, practical policies to protect the rights of children effectively in line with the international criteria and submission of report which has to be made once every five years by the end of December for being a signatory to the UN Convention on the Rights of Child.
The Union Minister talked about the theme of this year World Children’s Day “A Day to reimagine a better future for every child”, including the matters related to the current situation amid COVID-19 pandemic, and cooperation works with the relevant ministers, regional governments, civil organizations, UNICEF (Myanmar) and the public in providing legal protection and security for the children with disability, child labour, child refugees, trafficking victims, abandoned children, street children and child rape cases including rehabilitation processes.
UNICEF Myanmar Representative Ms June Kunugi read the message of UN Secretary-General.
A video clip about activities of children right was screened before conclusion of the ceremony.—MNA (Translated by Khine Thazin Han)

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