Policy Priority Area 1: Ratification, domestication, and implementation of international instruments
Objective: To promote a regional approach of ratification and domestication of international child rights instruments.
1.1. Develop an advocacy strategy for ratification and domestication of all pending Child Rights international instruments by Partner States.
- Identify gaps in the ratification and domestication of International Child Rights Instruments
- Country consultations based on the assessment of gaps
- Develop an EAC Strategy on ratification and domestication
- Implementation of the Regional Advocacy Strategy on ratification and domestication
1.2. Urge Partner States to develop implementation plans for the Child Rights international instruments.
- Develop a common approach/ framework to NPAs in the EAC
- Hold cross-learning Forums on the implementation of NPAs in the EAC
- Build capacity of duty bearers for the implementation of NPAs
1.3. Put in place a monitoring mechanism to track the ratification, domestication and implementation of all Child Rights international instruments
Establish a harmonised Regional Periodic State Reporting Matrix on Status of ratification, domestication and implementation of International and Regional Child Rights Instruments
Progress in the implementation of Priority Area One:
- So far, the baseline study on the implementation of Child Rights commitments by the EAC Partner States is the reference document highlighting the status of ratification and domestication of International Child Rights Instruments in the EAC Partner States.
- Cognizant of the fact that the Baseline Study was carried before the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) joined the East African Community, the EAC Secretariat with support from the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) commissioned a similar study in RSS. The Baseline Study on the implementation of Child Rights in the Republic of South Sudan is now complete.