NAIROBI, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- UNICEF on Friday welcomed the announcement by the Somali Transitional Federal Government that it intends to become a party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
The UN agency said in a statement issued in Nairobi that the declaration by the Somali government coincided with global commemorations on the 20th anniversary of the convention.
"This commitment by Somalia's Transitional Federal Government comes at a crucial time, when no child in central south Somalia has had the experience of living in peace" said Rozanne Chorlton, UNICEF Representative to Somalia.
"UNICEF is fully committed to supporting the process of ratification of the Convention and the development of a roadmap for its implementation."
By declaring its intention to comply with the high standards set by the CRC, the transitional government commits itself to ensuring children's rights in the country.
UNICEF said adherence to and application of the Convention will be of crucial importance for the children of Somalia, who are gravely affected by the ongoing conflict, recurrent natural disasters and chronic poverty.
"While Somalia has become one of the most difficult places for a child to grow up in, it is encouraging to see this commitment to rectify the situation," Chorlton said.
"We hope to see tangible results for Somali children who have long borne the brunt of years of conflict and denied even their most basic rights." added Chorlton.
Somalia is one of only two countries in the world which have signed but not ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In May 2002, the previous Transitional National Government (TNG) deposited Somalia's signature on the CRC with the Secretary General of the UN.
The Transitional Federal Government's (TFG) ratification of the CRC will have far-reaching future implications.
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United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) China Officer-in-Charge and Chief of Social Policy and Economic Analysis Hana Brixi (3rd L) and Xinhua News Agency Vice-President Zhou Xisheng (3rd R) unveil the State of the the World's Children Report (Chinese-Edition), during the launch ceremony in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 20, 2009. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)
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