The Ashok Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi
        

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website for the Second High Level Meeting (HLM) on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific. The journey of HLM on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific began in 2010 in Beijing, China as an initiative to intensify cooperation at the ministerial level on child rights among countries in Asia and the Pacific.

The Second High Level Meeting (HLM) on South-South Cooperation for Child Rights in Asia and the Pacific was held in New Delhi from 23rd to 25th October 2013.Hosted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, the 2nd HLM brought together more than 150 delegates from 32 countries in Asia and the Pacific, regional organizations, and UNICEF to discuss and share the progress, experience, problems and challenges in the survival, protection, development and rights of the nearly 1.2 billion children in the region.

The Second HLM engaged in productive discussions on the three themes- Adolescents: Current Rights for Future Opportunities (Policies, Programmes and Laws to tackle adolescent issues), Fulfilling Child Rights with Early Childhood Development, and Urban Settings as an Opportunity for Realizing all Child Rights. It also assessed the progress made on the use of South-South cooperation for child rights in follow-up to the First HLM held in 2010. The Second HLM provided impetus to the development of networks for knowledge exchange, promotion of peer learning, and coordination for cooperation on child rights in the countries of Asia and the Pacific. The meeting provided an effective platform for Ministers and senior officials from 32 Asia Pacific countries to share their countries’ programmes, policies, schemes and legislations related to the three themes.

The meeting concluded with the adoption of the New Delhi Declaration, which defines a number of specific recommendations for participating countries to pursue as they seek to advance child rights.

Mrs. Krishna Tirath


Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India

Government of India
Ministry of Women & Child Development