terça-feira, 6 de março de 2012

Twenty States from across the world signed the new optional protocol during the official UN signing ceremony

Today, 28 February 2012, twenty States from across the world, namely Austria, Belgium, Chile, Costa rica, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Maldives, Mali, Montenegro, Morocco, Peru, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Uruguay, demonstrated strong leadership and political commitment to protecting children's rights as they became the first signatories of the new Protocol.

Amongst the high-level speakers that were invited to deliver a speech at the ceremony, Mr Drahoslav Stefanek, former Chairperson of the Open-ended Working Group that negotiated the Protocol, and Mr Jean Zermatten, Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, specifically paid tribute to the work of the NGO Group for the CRC.

Ms Lisa Myers, the Director of the NGO Group for the CRC, was also invited to speak during the ceremony on behalf of the coalition of NGOs that campaigned for the Protocol. Read her statement here.

The NGO Group for the CRC, together with its partners the International Commission of Jurists and the Child Rights Coalition Asia (CRC Asia), have issued a press release for the occasion in English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Italian.

The ceremony opened the Optional Protocol to the CRC on a communications procedure for signature and ratification. From now on, any State party to the CRC and/or the OPSC and/or the OPAC can sign and ratify the third OP. Ten States need to ratify the Protocol before it can enter into force.

Informations from: NGO Group

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