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Fijian Delegation At Geneva

The 67th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), held at Geneva, Switzerland, from September 1-19, 2014, came to an end yesterday. The CRC is a
20 Sep 2014 09:05
Fijian  Delegation At Geneva
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The 67th session of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), held at Geneva, Switzerland, from September 1-19, 2014, came to an end yesterday.

The CRC is a body of 18 independent experts which monitors implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by its state parties.

A high-level Fijian delegation led by the Permanent Secretary for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Josefa Koroivueta attended the session.

He said Fiji had presented its consolidated second, third and fourth periodic reports during the meet.

“We were among countries like Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic), Morocco, Singapore, Hungary and Croatia to present the CRC report,” Dr Koroivueta said.

He said the convention’s objective was to protect children from discrimination, neglect and abuse and it was the principal children’s treaty, covering a full range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

“It grants rights for children in peacetime as well as during armed conflicts and provides for the implementation of those rights.”

Dr Koroivueta said the convention served as both a rallying point and a useful tool for civil society and individuals working to protect and promote children’s rights.

In many ways, he said, it was an innovative instrument.

“This was a great platform to learn from the concluding remarks of the CRC Committee,” he said.

Members of the delegation included Rupeni Fatiaki, the director of Social Welfare, Dr Joseph Kado, the chief paediatrician at the Ministry of Health and Satendra Singh, the senior education officer – policy at the Ministry of Education.

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