Nairobi to host 2nd EAC Child Rights Conference, 25-26 August 2016
The 2nd EAC Child Rights Conference themed Coordinated and Sustained Investment in Children is taking place on 25th to 26th August 2016 at the Desmond Tutu Conférence Centre in Westland in Nairobi, Kenya.
The 2nd EAC Child Rights Conference will launch the adopted EAC Child Policy and discuss the strategies for national implementation; take stock of the progress made towards the realisation of Child Rights based on the 1st EAC Conference and the Bujumbura Declaration commitments; and share experiences on the progress made in the realisation of Child Rights in the EAC and how to address the challenges encountered during implementation.
The Conference will also identify key and common barriers that negatively impact on the realisation of Child Rights in the EAC; and provide a platform for facilitating children participation in the definition of processes for integration of the EAC Child Policy at national level.
Commenting a head of the Conference, the EAC Deputy Secretary General in charge of Productive and Social Sectors, Hon. Jesca Eriyo said “using the EAC Child Policy as the point of convergence, the EAC Secretariat is advocating for “an East African agenda for the promotion of the Rights of the Child”.
This agenda will be implemented through enhancing the contribution of a wide range of stakeholders including Children. The agenda will present general principles and strategies that will ensure EAC’s actions are exemplary in ensuring the respect of provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, and the EAC Child Policy.
“Furthermore, Partner States need to enhance accountability in Child Rights, especially budget allocation, delivering social services to children such as quality education, health, water, sanitation and social protection”, noted the EAC official, adding that “special focus should be given to vulnerable children, for example Internally Displaced Children, refugees, children in disaster, conflict and other emergency situations, children living and working on the streets, children with disabilities, children in conflict with the law, children heading households, child forced into prostitution, among others”.