Egypt gives top priority to children’s rights: FM Shoukry to UN special representative

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Jun 2022

Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said on Sunday in a meeting with Virginia Gamba, special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, that Egypt gives top priority to the rights of children and providing them with protection against abuse and violence.

Egypt s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry in his meeting on Sunday in Cairo with Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG/CAAC) Virginia Gamba (Photo: Egyptian Foreign Ministry)


During the meeting in Cairo, Shoukry discussed with Gamba the steps taken by the Egyptian government to protect and boost children’s rights through the framework of motherhood and childhood, which is part of the Egypt Vision 2030, according to the Egyptian foreign ministry.

Shoukry also referred to the role of Egypt’s National Strategy for Human Rights, launched in 2021 under the auspices of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, which features a whole section dedicated to children’s rights.

The two officials also discussed the increasing negative impacts and consequences of armed conflicts on children especially during the coronavirus pandemic and the current worldwide food crisis, adding that these developments demand more international cooperation.

The Egyptian foreign minister asserted that Egypt supports all efforts to protect children during armed conflicts.

He added that Egypt is ready to boost its cooperation with the office of the UN Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, offering the capabilities of the Cairo International Centre for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA) and the Headquarters of the African Union Centre for Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development (PCRD).

Both Shoukry and Gamba agreed to increase cooperation between Egypt and the UN special representative to protect children’s rights during armed conflicts.

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