Spindelegger: “Austria campaigns for the protection of children in the UN Human Rights Council”
Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger on the occasion of the International Children’s Day 2011
Vienna, 20 September 2011 – “Children’s rights are on the very top of the agenda of Austrian foreign policy. Even though nearly all states have ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we unfortunately still witness daily violations of these fundamental rights” said Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger on the occasion of International Children’s Day that is celebrated today.
“After two years in the UN Security Council where we have dedicated our efforts to protecting civilians – particularly women and children – in armed conflicts, we are intent on continuing our commitment in this field in the UN Human Rights Council”, Spindelegger explained, stating that the protection of children from violence and exploitation would be one of the focal areas of work during Austria’s membership in the Human Rights Council of the United Nations from 2011 to 2014. “In cooperation with our partners at the United Nations, the UN special rapporteurs and the civil society, we aim to dedicate our efforts with a focus on victims of trafficking in children and on children in armed conflicts. Austria is engaged in a programmatic cooperation with UNICEF in the field of children’s rights: the European standard in implementing and securing children’s rights is to be ensured above all in future EU member states by the coordinated involvement of all EU children’s rights activities.
“Austria’s specific expertise is substantiated by the fact that we have just nominated Renate Winter, a highly experienced expert in children’s rights who earned international reputation, as a candidate for the appointment to the Children’s Rights Committee 2012”, the Foreign Minister continued. Ms. Winter who began her career as a judge at the young offender’s court in Vienna, is, among other activities, a founding member of the Institute for Children’s Rights and was acting President of the Special Court for Sierra Leone between 2008 and 2010.
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