Commissioner of the President of Ukraine on Children's Rights Mykola Kuleba took part in the Council of Europe conference in Strasbourg on the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The purpose of the conference was to hold an open discussion on achievements, problems and trends in the field of protection of children's rights.
“Every child must be protected from violence. We need to unite to build a world that is safe for children,” Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić noted at the opening of the conference.
Children were also involved in the event. In particular, the conference was attended by Rostyslav Platko from Drohobych, Lviv region, who spoke about sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Rostyslav talked about the threats to children on the Internet, the problem of sexting and the importance of Internet safety.
The participants of the conference noted that strengthening the rights of the child was the key to the future of Europe.
Commissioner for Children's Rights Mykola Kuleba together with Deputy Minister of Social Policy of Ukraine Oleh Koval also met with the Secretary of State for Child Protection of France Adrien Taquet.
They discussed the pressing issues of children and families: poverty, violence and neglect of the child, destruction of the family model. In particular, they focused on the implementation of social services for children and families in communities, reform of boarding schools.
Mykola Kuleba emphasized the importance of introducing a system of community services and the need to use successful foreign practices in Ukraine.
The Commissioner for Children's Rights highlighted the problems of children in eastern Ukraine and the importance of the European community’s support for our country in the fight against aggression.