On 24 February, during the High level mainstreaming panel, dedicated to discuss possibilities and challenges to the Convention of on the Rights of the Child on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, the Permanent Representative of Lithuania, Ambassador Andrius Krivas took the floor on behalf of the Nordic and Baltic countries.
The Ambassador noted that over the last 30 years significant progress had been achieved in better educating, protecting and making our children be heard and listened to. However, many challenges remain. “Our countries believe that stronger political commitment by states is necessary to make sure that no child is left behind,” A. Krivas said.
The Nordic-Baltic countries believe that too many children are deprived of liberty needlessly, kept out of school, forced into early marriages, are victims of violence, abuse and sexual harassment, bullied and exposed to online threats. Empowering children by ensuring access to quality education is one of the key elements for a good future for children and for our societies.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely backed convention in the world with 196 states that have ratified it. The Lithuanian Parliament ratified it on July 3, 1995.