Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Working Conference 

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Kralendijk – This year, the Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights celebrates its 10th  anniversary with a working conference. The gathering, taking place from May 13th to 16th  on Bonaire, will serve as a moment of reflection on the achievements and to look ahead at  the objectives of the Taskforce. An important aspect of this is the collaborative  development of the strategic framework.

The focus of the conference will be on action plans and collaboration agreements between  the six islands, based on the strategy for the period 2023-2028. These strategic objectives are  outlined based on the focal points set out in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)  signed by the countries and public entities in October 2023 in Curaçao. The MoU marks an  extension of the initial MoU signed in 2018.

Over the past 10 years, the Taskforce has achieved various concrete results across the six  islands in the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. Some examples include: signing a covenant for  the implementation of a strategic plan that promotes cooperation and is executed through  the Youth and Family Center in Aruba, active youth participation in shaping the new youth  policy of Bonaire, establishment of a youth platform in Curaçao, launching of the Child  Helpline in Saba, introduction of a parenting store in St. Eustatius, and the development of a  parenting program in St. Maarten. 

About the Taskforce 

The history of the Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights dates back to the Kingdom  Conference of April 2, 2014, in Aruba. During this conference, political authorities endorsed  that every child in the Kingdom is entitled to a good childhood, as stated in the Convention  on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The Kingdom Conference led to the establishment of the  Kingdom Taskforce for Children’s Rights, with the aim of stimulating cooperation in the  Kingdom regarding children’s rights and improving the implementation of children’s rights in  the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The Taskforce consists of representatives of youth and  family from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, and representatives  from the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) and the Ministry of Health,  Welfare, and Sport (VWS). UNICEF The Netherlands serves as the advisor to the Taskforce.