by Mom Chantara Soleil
Cambodia National Council for Children (CNCC) on January 18 launched a national plan of actions for child development 2016-2018 at its office here in Phnom Penh.
“The launch of this plan aims to build greater understanding of ministries, institutions, development partners and private sectors,” addressed H.E. Vong Sauth – Social Affairs, Veteran and Rehabilitation Minister and President of CNCC.
Presided over by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of National Assembly-Senate Relation and Inspection H.E. Men Sam An, launch of first-ever action plan of its kind for Cambodia was attended by some 300 concerned government officials, journalists, children themselves, and representatives from like-minded development agencies.
With assistance from the European Union, the Cambodia National Council for Children in cooperation with Plan International Cambodia have worked on the action plan since 2012 to promote children’s welfare as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child ratified by the Royal Government of Cambodia in 2012.
According to H.E. Vong Sauth, all stakeholders can use the actions in the national plan to incorporate into their own sectoral operational plan in order to further enhance and protect child rights in Cambodia.
“We hope that the alignment with actions in the plan by relevant players will bring about smooth implementation and more effective and efficient results supportive and enabling for the children,” said Jan Jaap Kleinrensink, Country Director of Plan International Cambodia.
Deputy Prime Minister Men Sam An appreciated the achievement of CNCC in collaboration with Plan International Cambodia and other counterparts, and encouraged more collaboration and initiatives to better the next generations.