Islamabad, 2 July 2022 (TDI): Mian Riaz Hussain Pirzada, Minister for Human Rights of Pakistan had a meeting with the UNICEF Representative in Pakistan, Abdullah A. Fadil regarding Child Rights in Pakistan.

Both sides reiterated their resolve to further enhance their working collaboration for the protection and promotion of child rights.

Moreover, the Federal Minister affirmed Pakistan’s commitment to making Child Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the center of its priorities and policies.

Federal Secretary, Afzal Latif also accompanied the Minister during the meeting and assured Child Rights policies implementation in the country.

The Government of Pakistan, via the Economic Affairs Division, signed a Pakistan-UNICEF Country Program 2018-22.

Under this program, the Ministry of Human Rights and UNICEF have an agreement on a two-year Rolling Work Plan (2021-22). The goal of this work plan is prevention as well as protection of children from abuse in the capital.

Minister for Human Rights thanked and appreciated the UNICEF team for their continuous support, collaboration, and coordination of development activities in Pakistan.

Similarly, the UNICEF Country Representative also appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in child rights. Fadil also assured to extend maximum support and assistance for the cause of child rights in the country.

Abdullah A. Fadil has been recently appointed the Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Pakistan. UNICEF Representative joined in May 2002.

He currently leads the new multi-sectoral UNICEF Country Program of Cooperation (2023-2027) in partnership with the Government of Pakistan, in support of the National Development Plan (NDP). Previously, Fadil served as UNICEF’s Representative in Sudan from 2016 to 2021.

Child Protection Institute (CPI)

Islamabad Child Protection Act 2018, provides protection services to vulnerable children. It was established by collaborating with the Human Rights Ministry to prevent abuse, maltreatment, injury, and as well as, exploitation of children.

It was made functional with the support of UNICEF. The main objectives of CPI were to both rescue and provide safe shelter, psycho-social support, reunification, and referral services.

It serves as a model for other provincial governments, strengthening, and adding revamping the Child Protection Institute (CPI) and the National Commission on the Rights of Child was underway.