Slovenia for children's rights
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a roundtable entitled "Slovenia for the Rights of the Child - How to Improve the Situation of Children Worldwide" to mark the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 20th anniversary of its optional protocols.
Its aim was to present the international activities of various Slovenian stakeholders in the field of children's rights, in which Slovenia is a prominent partner recognised by the international community.
The roundtable was opened by Foreign Minister Miro Cerar and Human Rights Ombudsman Peter Svetina. Minister Cerar recalled that over the past decades the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols has contributed significantly to improving the situation of children. He affirmed Slovenia's continued efforts to promote the well-being of children in Slovenia and around the world and stressed the importance of the cooperation of different stakeholders.
The participants commended the important and influential role Slovenia plays in advocating children's rights in the international community and highlighted its numerous activities that contributed significantly to the well-being of children worldwide. The participants also noted a positive impact of these activities on the protection of children's rights in Slovenia.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989 and is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty with as many as 196 parties. On 25 May 2000, it was supplemented by two optional protocols laying down guidelines on the involvement of children in armed conflict and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, and on 19 December 2011, at the initiative of Slovenia and a group of countries, by an optional protocol on the communications procedure.