Human rights, including children’s rights, are at the core of the 2030 Agenda, which is well grounded in the Universal Declaration of human rights and international human rights instruments. In this context, the promotion of, respect for and realization of children’s rights standards is of paramount importance.
We believe that the integration of children’s rights in the implementation of the Agenda will be fundamental to bringing about its achievement for all children in all countries, in accordance with their rights and with the core 2030 Agenda commitments to universality, to leaving no one behind and to reaching those furthest behind first. In this context:
- Pakistan’s Constitution, laws and policies safeguard child rights.
- Pakistan ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography in 2011 and Optional Protocol on CRC on Children in Armed Conflict in 2016.
- Steps are being taken to implement 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its specific target (target 16.2) of ending all forms of violence against children.
- The Parliament of Pakistan has set up world’s first SDG Implementation Unit with a particular focus on human rights, including rights of children.
- Child Protection Centers have been established at the federal as well as provincial level with the view to provide protection and rehabilitation services to the victims of child abuse and violence.
- National Communication Campaign on child abuse was launched with the aim to sensitize the relevant stakeholders about the negative consequences of child abuse and violence. A number of workshops have also been conducted throughout the country to sensitize about the harmful impact of violence against children.
- We are also committed to achieve education for all (EFA), including children.
We would like to seek the views of the panellists regarding how to share best practices on the implementation of SDGs relating to children rights.
I thank you.