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UNICEF, lawyers sign pact to advance child rights

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), the Guyana Bar Association and the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL), signed a joint MOU on Friday with emphasis on the areas of research, advocacy, innovation and strengthening the legal system with a focus on children.

It is expected that the MOU will, among other things, ensure that children including those more vulnerable because of violence, neglect and exploitation are made visible through the work of the Associations, and that it will act as a catalyst for the acceleration of children's rights.
According to a release from UNICEF, as an immediate next step in 2015, the Associations with support from UNICEF, will host a National Conference and seek to dedicate the publication of the Guyana Bar Review Journal to children's rights.

All parties to the MOU – Ms. Marianne Flach, UNICEF Representative, Guyana and Suriname, Mr. Ronald Burch-Smith, President of the Guyana Bar Association, and Ms. Simone Morris-Ramlall, President of the Guyana Association of Women Lawyers, expressed commitment, gratitude and support for this joint MOU which will serve to promote the interests of children in Guyana.

In her remarks, Ms. Morris- Ramlall noted the historical focus of the GAWL on children's issues, while Mr. Burch-Smith observed that although the Bar Association has not specifically targeted the issue of children's rights (as part of the broad human rights agenda), this MOU will serve to fuse policy and practice and create change for children.

The UNICEF Representative also noted that it was significant that this MOU should be signed on UN Day, the anniversary of the day the United Nations Charter came into force, and the UN was officially established. Ms. Flach reiterated her commitment to working with all partners, including civil society, for the advancement of children's rights.

Source: INEWS Guyana

Last modified on Thursday, 27 November 2014 17:35
Written on Saturday, 01 November 2014 Published in UN in the News Read 1773 times