AU wants full ratification of children's charter

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- African Union (AU) leaders Tuesday appealed to member states to ratify the African Charter of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (1990), noting that to date only 25 countries out of 53 have ratified the document.
Speaking at the end of their two-day summit in Sirte, Libya, the African leaders urged the member states to reaffirm their commitment African children "with greater determination.
" They also appealed to African states to put in place a mechanism at national levels aimed at ensuring the implementation of a community-based child-centred integrated programme comprising the integrated management of child diseases, prenatal health care for mothers and immunisation cover.
The summit also urged member states to collaborate with the AU, UNICEF and other partners in order to draw up a plan on the fourth Millennium Development Goals (MDG) related to the reduction of child mortality and morbidity.
It asked regional economic communities (REC) to supervise the child survival programme in their regions in cooperation with development partners, and to collaborate with the AU to ensure the co-ordination and harmonisation of programmes and strategies.
The summit also urged UN institutions, international organisations and development partners to bring technical support to member states in the strategic planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation process of policies in favour of children.
It also urged these institutions to mobilise the financial resources to be used at national level, and to collaborate with the AU and REC in the roles they have to play.
In this respect, the Conference asked the African Commission to convene a meeting with a view to carrying out a half-way review of the implementation of the joint African position on children in 2006 in a bid to ensure monitoring and evaluation of the progress noted in the attainment of the fourth MDG.
The AU summit also asked the African Committee of Experts on the child's rights and welfare to submit to the Union's peace and security council, to the African parliament and to ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) the names of countries violating the rights of the child and jeopardising their welfare through conflicts, bad governance, abuse, negligence, marginalisation and other forms of exclusion.
It asked them to place the commitments made by the governments concerning children at the heart of the preoccupations of the African Peer Review Mechanism and to regularly report to African leaders on the progress made in terms of efforts geared towards ensuring the survival and welfare of the child, including the lessons learnt.

05 july 2005 20:30:00

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