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Top Stories : Intervention by the Delegation of Thailand, Mrs. Teppawan Pornawalai, Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child (Theme: Protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on 6 March 2017

Intervention by the Delegation of Thailand

Mrs. Teppawan Pornawalai

Annual full-day meeting on the rights of the child

(Theme: Protection of the rights of the child in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development)

at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council on 6 March 2017

 

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Mr. President,

Thailand supports integrating a child rights-based approach in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Our efforts should focus on both the protection and empowerment of children.

First, protection of children requires a strong legal framework. In Thailand, a revised labour protection law came into effect last month, introducing more severe penalties for child labour exploitation. This new law adds to the protection afforded to children under the Child Protection Act.

We also engage community leaders to prevent violence against children at the local level. These community leaders provide support to families with high risk of child abuse and neglect, such as those with parents with alcoholic or drug problems.

But protection is not enough. We must also empower children.

If we were to achieve the SDGs of no poverty, zero hunger and good health, we must tackle child poverty and ensure good nutrition for children. Thailand has adopted a life-cycle approach to social protection with a rich policy framework for child sensitive social protection, which addresses both poverty and vulnerabilities. The Thai Government thus provides monthly grants to low-income parents to support a healthy development of their newborns.

Moreover, as part of our efforts to promote inclusive, equitable and quality education, Thailand provides basic education to children of migrant workers regardless of their nationality or legal status,   

Children empowerment also means promoting their active participation. In Thailand, Child and Youth Councils are established. Children representatives are also members of the national commission on child and youth development promotion, providing opinion on policies and activities.

Thank you, Mr. President.