Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith delivered on Thursday an address to mark the International Children’s Day expressing wishes to the Lao children for healthiness and commitment to developing themselves to be competent, accountable and to possess revolutionary values thus pursuing the national protection and development cause.
Annually, the Party and government use this important occasion to review the implementation the Party and government policy on children and their obligations to the world and regional communities with respect to child rights, the prevention and eradication of violence against children, child sexual exploitation, child labour to ensure the survival, development, protection and participation of every child, and that the children of all ethnic groups are happy, given warm love and good care by parents, families, communities, society and authorities at all levels, said Prime Minister Thongloun.
The Prime Minister spoke highly of achievements in implementing child-related targets and plans including the preparation of a national report on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Optional Protocol to the CRC on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography as well as the visit to Laos by the delegation of the UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography.
The visit by the delegation reaffirms the implementation of obligations of the Lao PDR to ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, said the Prime Minister.
He appreciated the efforts made by authorities at both central and local levels to promote birth registration, mother and child healthcare, nutrition, vaccination, child breastfeeding, education, labour and social welfare, as well as those made by courts, prosecutors, the justice sector, the Lao Women’s Union in protecting and saving children from all forms of violence, child sexual abuse, child sexual exploitation, child labour, and in establishing child courts, arbitrating units, and counselling centres.
The Prime Minister also spoke highly of the awareness and understanding of the society of the important role played by children saying that the children are not only lovely kids for their families, communities and society, but also representatives of change who will carry out national development and building in the future.
He appreciated the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children, relevant sectors, local administrations, the Lao Front for National Development, and mass organizations, public and private business communities and people of Lao ethnic groups for their contributions to mother and child efforts to ensure the survival, physical and mental development of children.
He expressed gratitude to international organizations, civil society organisations for their support to the implementation of the policy of the government on the development of children and urged them to continue to support to child-related efforts to ensure Lao children enjoy equal rights and opportunities like their fellows in other countries in the region and the world.
Prime Minister Thongloun stressed the challenges that need to be addressed including those on nutrition, exclusive breastfeeding, vaccination rate, maternal and child mortality rates, school attendance rate, violence against children, child sexual exploitation, child labour, as well as the misperception of children among ethnic minorities.
He urged more efforts to be made and more resources to be invested in raising public awareness, and achieving child-related targets and more attention to be attached to producing human resources of next generation with competitive level of English proficiency and professional skills to ensure the national integration into the region and the world.
Source: Lao News Agency