Celebration of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: Put the respect of children’s rights as a priority


The main partners in child Protection were present

Port-au-Prince, November 20, 2017- On the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, celebrated this Monday around the world, UNICEF reiterates its wish to see every child in a family. Thus, UNICEF supports the Institute of Social Welfare and Research (IBESR) for the realization of the week of childhood. The national theme is “YON FANMI POU CHAK TIMOUN” (A family for every child).

As is the case each year, UNICEF’s goal this week is to focus on the right of every child to physical, mental and emotional well-being. The organization calls for putting the respect of children’s rights at the center of public attention.

With a focus on the vital role families play in child development, UNICEF has been working together with IBESR and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor (MAST) on Monday, 20 November, as well as others. partners, to certify 76 host families. The first Lady, Mrs. Martine Moïse, attended the ceremony.

“UNICEF supports all efforts to reduce the number of children placed in institutions. The place of a child is in the family, biological or host. This allows the kid to develop his full potential. “Says Marc Vincent, UNICEF Representative in Haiti. “UNICEF supports the Haitian government for the well-being of all children in Haiti.”

In the same vein, on 21 November, was held the certification ceremony of ‘Friendly Schools of Hygiene’ in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, the Ministry of Public Health and Population as well as other partners. Good hygiene conditions within the school are an important contribution to children’s learning. Of the 17 schools certified in the departments of the Center and Artibonite, 13 are supported by UNICEF.

Yes, to Participation

Beyond the actions dedicated to protection, survival and education, UNICEF will undertake a series of activities during the week of November 20th to promote the voice of children and adolescents. Participation being the fourth pillar of the CRC the goal is to communicate with, for and through children. Children’s voices will be shared through social media, WhatsApp and the UNICEF Blog.

No to violence

Throughout the week of November 20, short opinion videos on everyday violence, “voxpops,” will be shared on WhatsApp and social media as UNICEF works for “One Family Without Violence for Every Child.” In the same logic is planned a workshop on violence and resilience which will be followed by a graduation to the first group of stakeholders trained in emotional intelligence and personal leadership.

A series of musical pieces for children, composed and performed by the renowned Haitian artist Jean-Jean Roosevelt, will be launched online as well as the music video ‘Pou chak timoun’ (For each child). Come follow us live on http://timounyo.com/

CRC an important text for the rights of the child

In 54 articles and two Optional Protocols, the Convention sets out the fundamental rights of all children in the world: the right to survival; the right to develop as far as possible; the right to be protected from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life.

The four basic principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; the priority given to the best interests of the child; the right to live, to survive and to develop; and respect for the views of the child. All rights recognized in the Convention are inherent in the human dignity and harmonious development of every child. The Convention protects the rights of children by setting standards for health care, education and legal, civil and social services.


UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

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For more information:

Cornelia Walther, communication chief, cwalther@unicef.org


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