An 30 conference was held today at the Old Town Hall. Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child - an international document adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 20. November 1989. On topic Children's rights and what we have achieved since the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the Republic of Croatia, and was organized by the Association of Juvenile Judges, Family Judges and Children and Youth Specialists and the Clinic for the Protection of Children and Youth.
At the Conference, international and local experts exchanged achievements after the adoption of the Convention and its ratification in the Republic of Croatia, as well as a vision for improving the work on children's rights.
The participants were greeted at the beginning of the conference by the President of the Republic of Croatia Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic, Mayor of the City of Zagreb Milan Bandic, Minister of Justice Dražen Bošnjaković, Minister for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy Vesna Bedeković and the Speaker of the City Assembly Dear Prgomet.
We are a young country that, in its recent past, has experienced painful war traumas with profound consequences on society as a whole. No children were spared during the war, she said President Grabar Kitarovic so she added that even today, children are the big victims of the refugee wave, because more than 50 millions of children have been driven out of their homes and are unable to attend primary school. This pernicious lack of conditions for the education of children and young people is the cause of many new injustices, new conflicts and poverty because education is a powerful weapon against the differences between people.
In Croatia, we can be satisfied with the standards regarding the ability of children to exercise these rights, she noted, adding that we need to be aware that there is room for progress and that we cannot close our eyes to the problems and weaknesses of the system. In this regard, she emphasized, we are not and cannot be satisfied with the possibilities of adoption and adoption of children, and she emphasized the problem of peer violence.
She concluded that it is our obligation to provide children and young people with a happier childhood by conventions as a legal framework and, above all, by their own attitude towards reality, which we can change in our daily work and in our relationship with children.
Mayor Bandic emphasized that Zagreb is proud of its name City - Friend of Children because he always cared for his youngest fellow citizens. I am proud that the City of Zagreb, with its generous network of health, education and social services, and with its cultural and sports facilities, contributes significantly to the quality of life of every family and individual. I think it is important to point out that we are focusing our attention on reducing the at-risk-of-poverty rate of children, which has recently attracted the attention of professionals and decision makers, said the mayor, citing co-financing measures for kindergarten programs, assistance to children in family packages and dairy food, free textbooks for elementary and high school students, co-financing of meals in elementary schools, free transportation for pupils and students, financial aid for newborn baby equipment and financial support for a parent educator, arranging playgrounds, and scholarships for students in even the 7 categories. We are as successful as our children, the individuals and our families that make up our society as a whole.
President of the Assembly Prgomet he thanked the organizers for the effort they put into protecting children, noting that society as much as it can protect the weakest, which is children.
On behalf of the organizers, the meeting was welcomed by the President of the Association of Juvenile Judges, Family Judges and Specialists for Children and Youth Lana Petö Kujundzic and Director of the Children and Youth Protection Clinic Gordana Buljan Flander.
Following the opening speeches by senior officials, Judge Renate Winter, Chair of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and President of the RSCSL (Sierra Leone Resident Court), who worked for the United Nations on youth-related projects, was introduced to the panel. and child soldiers, and has dealt with organized crime and restorative justice issues, and is the former president of the International Association of Juvenile and Family Judges, and is currently working with UNODC on issues of terrorism that affect children.
It noted the shortcomings in the implementation of certain provisions of the Convention in practice, although it had been ratified by all UN member states. She especially touched on the article 2. which prescribes the protection of children against all forms of discrimination, Article 6. which guarantees the right to the life and development of the child and the right of the child to express freely his own views and respect for them, as provided for in Article 12.
She spoke of 10 millions of children who are victims of modern slavery, of 50 millions of children living in conflict, and of children with disabilities who are excluded from society, because many countries do not want to deal with them.
The conference was also delivered by deputy mayor of Zagreb Jelena Pavicic Vukicevic. Speaking on a topic The right of children to grow up safely the deputy noted that the traditional view of childhood and child. A child is not only an active member of the community, but creates new values, has the right to self-understanding, to the understanding of the world around him, and is at the same time an autonomous and dependent being that cannot be realized and survived without interaction from the environment and mutual receiving and giving.
At the end of the presentation, she concluded that children are not emerging people but are persons and have all the rights as adults.
In addition to Judge Winter and the Deputy Mayor, the Director of the Children's Home in Nazorova Jasna Ćurković Kelava gave a presentation. Children's rights to family, while the principal of Zagreb Elementary School Matija Gupac, Ljiljana Klinger, presented the topic in more detail Right to education. The program of the Conference ended with the speeches of representatives of the Clinic for the Protection of Children and Youth of the City of Zagreb who spoke about Right to an opinion.
Organizer Petö Kujundzic decided that children need those who do something, so it is important to constantly question the best interests of the child in relation to parents and teachers, to respect him / her as a person and to believe that in the future we will see him / her as a functional citizen.