Solomon Islands needs to strengthen its commitment to the International Convention on the Rights of Children.
Special Representative of the UN General Secretary on Violence Against Children Martha Santos Pais made the statement during her recent visit to the Solomon Islands.
She said Solomon Islands needs to eliminate all forms of violence against children and promoting universal birth registration system for all children in the country.
The Special Representative also said the UN is pleased to learn that the Solomon Islands Government is in the process of submitting its reports on the implementation of the convention.
“And amongst these goals we have two important dimensions that will be of particular relevance to children in Solomon Islands. One is a target to eliminate all forms of violence against children and the second is to promote a universal birth registration system and, therefore I feel very encouraged by what I am seeing and the commitment that I see reaffirmed, that Solomon Islands will not only endorse and be a vocal supporter of the agenda that will be adopted next September.”
The Special Representative also said Solomon Islands must be enabled to lead other countries in promoting the International Convention on the Rights of Children.
“We would like very much to see Solomon Islands become a pathfinder country and inspiration for other countries in the Pacific region and in other parts of the world and we will certainly be very honoured to bring the good news of the progress made in the country into other parts of the world.”