Republic of Moldova reviews the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
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9 December 2015

On 8th December 2015, 150 of participants, the representatives of the central and local public administration and the civil society participated at the National Conference: „The implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: from expectation to reality”. The event was organized by the Office of the People’s Advocate, with the support from UNDP and UNICEF Moldova and the Norwegian Ministry of External Affairs.

At the opening of the conference, the People’s Advocate, Mr. Mihail Cotorabai, declared that approximately 700.000 children of Moldova cannot protect their rights without the help of the adults, due to their age.

Being present on the event, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Dafina Gercheva, noted that over the past two decades, Moldova has taken strategic steps towards the implementation of the UN Convention on the rights of the Child, however there are still challenges that remain. “Addressing them requires strong political will and concerted efforts towards ensuring full protection of the rights of every child in Moldova irrespective of his or her ethnicity, sex, religious, social or health status. We need to build an inclusive society whereby all children, including those with disabilities, are integrated into the mainstreamed schools”, said Dafina Gercheva.  

In 22 years, since the Parliament of Moldova ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a lot has been achieved, declared Nune Mangasaryan, UNICEF Representative in Moldova. “Many more children grow up at home with their parents, not in institutions, and more schools opened their doors to children with special needs. We need to make the progress for children even more equal and reach the most vulnerable groups, such as Roma children, young children in institutions, and children with disabilities. No child should be left behind”, Nune Mangasaryan added.  

The conference included a number of thematic sessions, as follows:

  • Right of the child on social assistance and protection
  • Observance of the right of the child on education
  • Justice for children
  • Right of the child to health, protection against abuses, traffic and exploitation

The participants concise that the improvement of the protection of the child’s rights area and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child implementation process may be achieved by joint efforts of the public authorities and the civil society.

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