I make this statement on behalf of OIC member states.
We appreciate the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the important theme of protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for SDGs. Islam lays a lot of emphasis on the rights of child and on protection of children from all forms of abuse including moral, physical and intellectual.
OIC is actively pursuing the agenda of protection and promotion of rights of child and youth empowerment, which has been reflected in its various declarations. A working group under the OIC Independent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) titled “Rights of Women and Child” is playing its due role for advancement of child rights.
We believe that the 4 core principles of the Convention on the Right of Child given in articles 2, 3, 6, and 12 provide a good basis for the inter-linkages between the human rights approach towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the rights of child. There is no doubt that rights of child is both a cross cutting theme across the SDGs as well as a goal in itself. We should build upon our experiences of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in order to overcome our earlier shortcomings and mistakes. We need to develop comprehensive strategies and action plans to achieve our targets especially those related to rights of Child.
We fully support the Goal 16.2 of the SDGs related to ending of violence against children. We need to improve both qualitative as well as quantitative indicators related to rights of child by adopting a multi-sectoral child-rights based approach.
We believe that it is the prime responsibility of the member states to ensure accountability in the guaranteeing of the rights of child through national institutions and judicial mechanisms. However, in certain instances such as financial crises, instability due to prolonged conflicts and negative impacts of climate change and natural disasters, the capacity and capability of states, in particular the developing countries is seriously compromised. The need for international cooperation and commitment for financial and technical support is thus imperative for the developing countries facing such unprecedented challenges, particularly in the areas of child health and education.
Can the panellists outline the five most important measures to be adopted by international community for provision of international cooperation and assistance for protection of child rights in countries affected by natural disasters and climate change?
I thank you.