The Dutch Kingdom countries and public entities want all children to grow up healthy and safe in a promising environment, thus the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The seven key elements of cooperation are positive parenting, prevention of child abuse, development of ‘safety nets,’ youth participation, professional assistance and support of children and families, with special attention for vulnerable children.
The MoU follows a letter of intent signed by seven political authorities earlier this year, during the third conference of the Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights in Curaçao.
Six Unicef reports entitled “Children of the Kingdom: children’s rights in the Kingdom of the Netherlands” convincingly showed that urgent additional measures are needed to improve children’s rights in the Caribbean parts of the Dutch Kingdom. Collaboration and the sharing of knowledge are key at this moment.
During the Kingdom Conference of April 2, 2014, in Aruba, the political authorities confirmed that every child in the Kingdom is entitled to a good youth, as envisaged by the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The conference decided to establish the Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights, with the aim to stimulate cooperation regarding children’s rights in the Kingdom.
During the conference of the Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights, which took place from May 14th through May 16th 2018 in Curaçao, the administrators responsible for youth and family of the four countries and the three public entities in the Kingdom, signed a Letter of Intent, with the aim to strengthen cooperation regarding children’s rights.
The MoU describes the responsibilities that all parties have separately to strengthen compliance with the International Convention on the Rights of the Child in their respective countries and islands.
The signing of the MoU strengthens the role of the Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights, and all islands and countries will take an important step towards result-oriented cooperation on children’s rights within the Kingdom.