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Sri Lankan Parliament, UNICEF celebrate 30 years of convention on child rights

The two-day event beginning Monday will take stock of the situation of children in the region and discuss key challenges towards realization of children rights.

It will also give the parliamentarians the opportunity to make fresh commitments to push the national agendas for the realization of child rights.

In his inaugural address, the Speaker of Sri Lankan parliament Karu Jayasuriya said the future of South Asia will depend on how best they take care of children, constituting 36 per cent of the South Asian population.

Regional Director for UNICEF South Asia Jean Gough said the Convention has helped to transform children’s lives for the better and has ensured that governments have favourable policies, and made investments so that more children get the chance to thrive and have a good, protected childhood.

She said that the Convention is still not fully implemented everywhere, and millions of children continue to suffer violations of their rights when they are denied adequate healthcare, nutrition, education and protection from violence.

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