Islamabad : Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said protecting children’s interests is a national duty and the government is committed to providing the children equal and indiscriminate opportunities for their development.
“I reaffirm my pledge for the welfare, protection and development of children and helping them become useful citizens of the country as well as productive members of the global village,” the Prime Minister said in his message on Universal Children’s Day, being observed on November 20.
Prime Minister Gilani said after having ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC) in 1990, Pakistan is committed to implementing all its provisions in true spirit.
“The government has already taken substantial measures to ensure participation of children in every activity, their rights of survival, development and protection as envisaged in the UNCRC,” he said.
Gilani said the government was continuously carrying forward the child rights agenda for substantial reforms, and stressed the need for efforts from stakeholders towards making the society tolerant and ensuring healthy growth of children.
He said the task of child protection requires partnership between public and private agencies and called upon civil society, NGOs, voluntary indigenous philanthropy sector, international development partners, media and corporate sector to play role for ending violence against children, thus making Pakistan a child-friendly country.
The Prime Minister appreciated the efforts of Ministry of Social Welfare and Special Education for strengthening child protection mechanisms in the country.
He urged the federal ministries and provincial governments to sincerely undertake legislative, administrative and social sector reforms to procure an enabling environment decisive to the protective and development rights of children.
Gilani also appreciated the UN agencies and non-governmental organizations for their efforts for continuously advocating child rights and child-related issues.