Arab Parliamentarians meet on child protection [Archives:2004/794/Local News]

November 29 2004

Amman – The First Arab Parliamentarian Conference on Child Protection was inaugurated on Nov. 22 by Abdulhadi Al Majali, Speaker of Jordan's House of Representatives and Nouridine Bouchkouj, Secretary General of the Arab Parliamentary Union.
Members of Parliament from the Arab Parliamentary Union discussed collective strategies to further strengthen their role in the implementation of the Conventions of the Rights of the Child, with a special focus on child protection issues.
The Conference was organized by the Jordanian Parliament in cooperation with the Arab Parliamentary Union, and supported by the inter-Parliamentary Union and UNICEF.
Mr Al Majali had explained that the Jordanian Parliament works on developing child protection mechanisms to ensure that every child has the right to free primary education to secure the physical, mental and social well being of the child.
At the conference an Arabic version of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) Inter-Parliamentarian Union Handbook on Child Protection for Parliamentarians was launched. The handbook spells out practical ways in which Parliamentarians can make a difference.