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Oman’s experience in child protection hailed

18 Jul 2020

New York: Oman’s experience in protecting children against violence has been commended by the United Nations in a High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) held last week. “Children and youth are the future of the nation and the sultanate is keen on utilising all capacities to secure a suitable future for them,” said H H Dr Sayyida Muna bint Fahd al Said, assistant vice-chancellor for International Cooperation at Sultan Qaboos University, and chairperson of Children First Association. 

The sultanate outlined its experience in the field of children’s protection against violence during a High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) held via videoconferencing under the auspices of the United Nations last week.

The UN and participating countries commended the efforts exerted by the government in cooperation with various civil society institutions in the sultanate to provide a comprehensive cover of protection to youth and children against violence and any other negative influences.

In a speech at the meeting, Dr Mohammed bin Awadh al Hassan, Oman’s Permanent Representative at the United Nations, said that in the sultanate children and youth constitute 46% of the population. “Therefore, it is natural to see the government according such attention to children and youth who come in the forefront of the country’s plans and priorities, notably Vision 2040, in terms of healthcare, education, employment opportunities, and creative support aimed at enabling youth to realise their objectives,” said Dr Hassan.

Sayyida Dr Mona expressed her delight at Oman being picked up among world models in the field of child care and protection against violence. She said that children and youth are the future of the nation and that the sultanate is keen on utilising all capacities to secure a suitable future for them. 

“This is not the responsibility of the government alone, it is a collective responsibility borne by all segments of society, including civil society institutions,” said Sayyida Dr Mona.

Maitha bint Ahmed al Issa’ee, director of Childhood Programmes, Ministry of Social Development, said that the government spared no effort in providing protection and support to youth and children in the sultanate.

This protection, she noted, is not limited to programmes of healthcare, education and psychological education but also extends to providing a legal framework of protection.

In this context, Maitha referred to Oman joining many international agreements that sponsor the rights of youth and children, including the agreement on disabled children’s rights.

A workshop held on the sidelines of the meeting reviewed the experiences of the countries in drafting the Voluntary Report On Sustainable Development with children’s participation. The UNICEF, the personal representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations tasked with the issue of violence against children, took part in the workshop.

It is worth noting that the government of the sultanate presented the first national Voluntary Report during the 2019 high level political forum.

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