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SAARC Meeting on Protection of Children
May 16, 2016

The eight nations composing the South Asia Initiative to End Violence Against Children (SAIEVAC) were assembled in New Delhi from 9-11 May, 2016 for their 4th Ministerial Meeting, to set strategies and agree on commitments to ensure the protection and security of the children of the region. This meeting was hosted by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.

  • The Ministerial meeting on 11th May was preceded by a two day technical consultation focusing on critical issues of child protection and violence in the region.

  • Delegates from the governments and civil society organizations of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka assessed progress and developments of the past decade of regional effort and identified priorities for SAIEVAC for the next five years.

  • India’s Home Minister Rajnath Singh delivered the keynote statement to the Ministerial Meeting.

  • The Minister of Women and Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, chaired the meeting.

  • Ministers of the member countries participated made statements to provide the high-level regional leadership to set the course for SAIEVAC’s next period of regional action.

  • SAIEVAC is the Apex Body of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) created to bring governments of the region into active engagement for child protection against violence.

  • SAARC made history in 1986 by installing children as a ‘summit-level concern and commitment.’

  • This 4th Ministerial Meeting marked 30 years since that SAARC summit commitment.

  • The 4th Ministerial Meeting carried forward the collective inter governmental ownership of SAIEVAC, which is reflected in its Governing Body composed of official members, representing each of the eight governments.

  • The technical consultation in the meeting brought forward recommendations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and on regional child protection opportunities emerging from country experiences.

  • This includes India’s positive insights from its innovative measures for tracking and rescuing lost and missing children.

  • The technical consultation also examined the potential of using information and communication technology for improving these measures.

  • In the meeting, India showcased some of its major initiatives like Trackchild and Khoya Paya, Childline-1098, POCSO Act among others.

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