San Marino in support of childhood and childrens’ rights

Today, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs joins in the worldwide celebrations of the Universal Children's Day, which commemorates the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The Republic of San Marino immediately embarked on the ratification process of this important international convention - the only one supporting the most vulnerable group of society - which it joined in 1991.

In an effort to apply the principles of the International Convention, San Marino has developed an advanced child protection framework, and follows monitoring activities, consultations and debates also in multilateral fora. The ultimate aim is to ensure the gradual recognition and concrete application of the widest possible range of minors’ rights, the pursuance of childrens’ best interests and their participation in decision-making.

Last 18 November, San Marino took part in the third edition of the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, which focused on the theme of new information and communication technologies. The meeting, held at the Council of Europe, was attended by First Secretary Ms. Sylvie Bollini.

This international event highlighted the risks of emerging technologies, and focused on pivotal topics such as cyberbullying and online crime. These issues were largely tackled within the competent committees of the Council of Europe, particularly the Lanzarote Committee. The latter was established to reinforce the principles of the Convention of the Council of Europe, done in Lanzarote on 25 October 2007 and signed by the Republic of San Marino on the day of the opening ceremony.

During the European Day on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, the Republic of San Marino supported a joint declaration, acknowledging the steps taken towards the effective protection of children against the risks of new technologies. San Marino also expressed the hope that the issues continue to be tackled in a comprehensive way, by keeping the debate on the protection of childrens’ rights open, and by ensuring public awareness on the worst crimes committed against them.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also expresses satisfaction at the upcoming events on the risks of the Internet, jointly organised by the public and private sectors in San Marino. The events are part of the national awareness campaigns requested by the Council of Europe to its member States.

San Marino, 20 November 2017

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