Kuwait pledges to sup­port bid to pro­tect kids rights

‘Spe­cial at­ten­tion paid to fam­ily’

Arab Times - - LO­CAL -

NEW YORK, Oct 13, (KUNA): Kuwait has af­firmed its com­mit­ment to pro­mote and sup­port all ef­forts ex­erted by coun­tries and or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­tect chil­dren’s rights.

This came dur­ing a speech by mem­ber of the Kuwaiti per­ma­nent del­e­ga­tion to the UN head­quar­ters in New York, diplo­mat Sara Al-Zo­man to the third Com­mit­tee of the UN Gen­eral Assem­bly.

The year 2019 will mark the 30th an­niver­sary of the Con­ven­tion on Chil­dren’s rights, said Al-Zo­man.

She af­firmed that pro­mot­ing chil­dren’s rights was an in­te­gral part of held the UN 2030 Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals.

The goals would en­sure qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, elim­i­nate child la­bor and elim­i­nate all forms of vi­o­lence against chil­dren, she added.

Al-Zo­man noted that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity faced many chal­lenges to safe­guard chil­dren’s rights de­spite progress in pro­tect­ing chil­dren and en­abling them to par­tic­i­pate in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. She shared con­cern with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral on the in­creas­ing cases of abuse against chil­dren due to forced dis­place­ment, vi­o­lence, nat­u­ral dis­as­ters, poverty, and armed con­flicts.

Most of th­ese chil­dren lack ac­cess to ap­pro­pri­ate med­i­cal care, qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, proper nutri­tion and pro­tec­tion, she said.

Al-Zo­man also agreed with the re­ports, which ne­ces­si­tated the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren, and stressed that it was not only a moral and le­gal duty, but also an es­sen­tial fac­tor in peace-build­ing and preser­va­tion.

She pointed out that the sale and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of chil­dren was con­sid­ered to be one of the most spite­ful forms of vi­o­lence and a bla­tant vi­o­la­tion of the chil­dren’s rights to grow in a healthy fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment, call­ing for con­certed in­ter­na­tional ef­forts to pro­tect chil­dren from ex­ploita­tion es­pe­cially through the In­ter­net.

Al-Zo­man also called for shar­ing the best prac­tices in strength­en­ing child pro­tec­tion sys­tems through so­cial ser­vices to elim­i­nate all forms of vi­o­lence against chil­dren.

Kuwait is pay­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to the pro­tec­tion of the fam­ily, which is the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment for the growth and well-be­ing of all its mem­bers, es­pe­cially chil­dren, she in­di­cated.

She added that Kuwait hosted last year the In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on the suf­fer­ing of the Pales­tinian child un­der Is­raeli oc­cu­pa­tion, a piv­otal event geared to­wards the pro­tec­tion of chil­dren’s rights.

Sara Al-Zo­man

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