Assisting Pacific Island countries to develop national legislation on children’s rights was one of the aims of a subregional meeting on ‘Legislative Reform and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in the Pacific’ held in August 2008.
The meeting, held in Vanuatu, looked at the experience of Pacific Island countries in legislative reform for the CRC, including the challenges faced, lessons learned and good practice in the Pacific and elsewhere. It culminated in a mock reporting session with Professor Yanghee Lee, the Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The meeting brought together children and young people as well as delegates from Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. It was also attended by representatives from the University of the South Pacific (USP), UN agencies, NGOs and regional agencies. Human Development Officer, Bindi Borg, attended on behalf of SPC’s Human Development Programme.
The CRC has been ratified by all Pacific Island Governments supported by UNICEF Pacific.
The August meeting was convened by UNICEF Pacific in partnership with the Government of Vanuatu and the USP Law School (Emalus Campus, Port Vila).