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MEDIA RELEASE

UNICEF TO LAUNCH STATE OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN REPORT


DURING SPECIAL CHILDREN’S PARLIAMENT SESSION TO MARK
20 YEARS OF UN CONVENTION ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD

WHO: Hon. Janet K. Museveni, First Lady and Member of Parliament, Ruhama County
Hon. Jessica Alupo Epel, Minister of State for Children Affairs
Dr. Sharad Sapra, UNICEF Representative in Uganda
80 Girls and Boys representing all the children of Uganda

WHAT: Launching of UNICEF flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children
th
(SOWC), to commemorate the 20 Anniversary of the United Nations Convention
on the Rights of the Child.

WHEN: Friday, 20, November 2009 / 10.00AM

WHERE:Parliament Conference Room, Parliament Buildings

WHY: In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for
them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection
that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world
recognized that children have human rights too. The Convention on the Rights of
the Child (CRC) is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate
the full range of human rights—including civil, cultural, economic, political and
social rights.

The special edition of the State of the World’s Children (SOWC) is dedicated to
children’s rights. It underlines the timeless relevance of the Convention and how
the CRC has contributed to a marked transformation in the status of children ,
raised awareness of, and expanded solutions to children’s protection risks and
promoted child participation as a fundamental children’s right.

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About UNICEF in Uganda:


UNICEF, the world’s leading child rights organization, works in Uganda to help the Government meet its obligation
under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). UNICEF’s partnerships in Uganda have reached over 7
million persons with critical inputs to sustain immunization services; extend primary health care and nutrition; improve
family-care practices; ensure HIV/AIDS prevention and control; expand water, sanitation and hygiene; improve
primary education and enable the special protection of children.

UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For more information, please contact:


Chulho Hyun, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Uganda, chyun@unicef.org +256 (0)717 171 110
Anne Lydia Sekandi, Communication Officer, UNICEF Uganda, alsekandi@unicef.org +256 (0)772 40 90 16

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