Gov’t, UNICEF, Stakeholders Commit to Reduce Multi-Dimensional Poverty among Children

(KPL) The Government of Lao PDR, UNICEF, vice-governors, private sector, NGOs, civil society organizations, development partners and children gathered today in Vientiane at the Lao Generation 2030 Forum to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

Children will be tomorrow’s leaders and the drivers of the Lao PDR’s future prosperity. By upholding the rights of every child and investing in children today, we will ensure a bright future not only for that child, but for the country as a whole, said Prime Minister Thoungloun Sisoulith.

Participants pledged their support to develop Lao human capital by achieving SDG1 and the national target of reducing the percentage of children who are multidimensionally deprived by half by 2030, and to make investments in children, adolescents and young people a key priority in the 9th and 10th National Socio-Economic Development Plans (NSEDPs).

Spending on a child’s health, nutrition, education, protection, and social, emotional and cognitive development is not only a sound economic investment but morally it is the right thing to do. Surviving and developing to their full potential is the fundamental right of every child, stated Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Minister to the Prime Ministers’ Office and Vice President of the NCAWMC.

The joint statement signed by all stakeholders also refers to the need to focus on critical interventions and programmes along the life cycle and the importance of strengthening national systems to provide quality health and education services for women and children, and put special emphasis on strengthening the child protection system to support children and families.

Participants agreed to meet on annual basis in conjunction with the World Children’s Day celebration on 20 November to assess progress in the implementation of this commitment.

Higher economic growth rates in Lao PDR will only be realized if productivity is increased significantly. This will require prioritized and sustained investments to unleash the unlimited potential of the generation of Lao children and young people who will grow between now and 2030, when SDGs are to be achieved, said Ms. Karin Hulshof, Regional Director UNICEF East Asia and Pacific.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC30), the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty, the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children (NCAWMC), with the support of UNICEF Lao PDR, organized over the last months a series of consultations with children and youth, private sector, vice-governors, NGOs and civil society organisations, and development partners. The commitments and statements that came out of these consultations were presented at the Forum.

Representing the children who participated in the children and youth consultations, Panyphorn Vongmala, aged 15, highlighted the progress done in the area of child wellbeing over the last few years, the key challenges they are facing, and presented children’s consulted solutions to improve their lives.

Source: Lao News Agency