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Child rights at the forefront

CHINA has substantially promoted its children's development and rights protection since it became the 105th signatory of the "Convention on the Rights of the Child" adopted by the 44th United Nations General Assembly 20 years ago on November 20.

The Chinese government had always made children a priority in its development, and has ensured the implementation of their rights to life, protection, development and participation, said Su Fengjie, deputy head of the Office of the National Working Committee on Children and Women under the State Council, or Cabinet.

Su was at the launch of the 2010 State of the World's Children Report in Chinese yesterday.

In 1992 and 2001, the government implemented the "Chinese Children's Development Plan in the 1990s" and "Outline for the Development of Chinese Children (2001-2010)."

All provinces, prefectures and county governments had development programs for children in their own regions, ensuring the realization of the major objectives for children in the sectors of health, education, protection and the environment, according to Su.

The central and local governments had increased investment in children's education, health, social security and other public services.

China was now preparing for its national drive to promote children's development in 2011-2020, she said.

China, a developing country, has 310 million people under 18.

"China still faces challenges to child development and rights protection, which are worsened by the imbalanced development among regions in this large country," Su said yesterday.

"The Chinese government will, as always, adhere to the purpose and principles of the convention and make unswerving endeavors to champion the rights of children."


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