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Celebrating 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Pledge by Ireland
Ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child
on 28 September 1992
Ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the
Rights of the Child on the involvement of children in armed
conflict on 18 November 2002
Ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a communications procedure on 24 September 2014
- Ireland is preparing to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the UNCRC.
- Ireland is planning to launch a new cross-governmental project, “One House”, to provide wraparound support to victims of child sexual abuse
- The publication of the Child Care Amendment Bill 2019 represents a significant step in implementing recent constitutional changes in Ireland which made children autonomous rights-holders and placed the best interests and voice of the child at the centre of all family law proceedings.
- In August 2019, Ireland aligned itself with the Voluntary Global Pledge: For every child, every right, organised by UNICEF.
- In November this year, the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) will be signing a Pledge to consult with young people on their views on climate change and ways to tackle it.
- On 18 November this year, the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister), will also be participating in World Children’s Day through the #KidsTakeOver initiative, where a young person shadows the Taoiseach for a day.
- Ireland along with the Marshall Islands is co-leading the Youth Engagement and Public Mobilisation track of the United Nations Climate Action Summit which will take place on 23 September 2019. As part of that leadership role, Ireland has been engaged in developing a number of initiatives which place youth at the heart of efforts on climate action.
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