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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department provides to civil society in developing countries to hold their governments to account on their observance of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child obligations. (188914)

In several developing countries, the Department for International Development funds civil society specifically to hold governments to account for meeting commitments made under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This commonly takes the form of strengthening local groups representing children to demand that governments take all available measures to make sure children's rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

The UK Government also support child-focused international non-government organisations (NGOs) such as Save the Children and Plan International who work to strengthen international mechanisms and develop indicators to measure governments' compliance with the UNCRC and other international law.