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Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

The Launch of the 2017-2030 Agenda took place on June 8, 2017 at the Best Western Plus Biltmore Plaza. The Agenda was developed as a result of the Government of Belize’s continued commitment to improve the lives of children and adolescents over the next 14 years.

While the Agenda will be a national specific and targeted one, it will also adopt a universal approach. The situation of children and adolescents as a collective will be focused on, but the specific marginalized and disadvantaged groups will also be a focal point. Very importantly, the rights of children will be taken into consideration given their embryonic aptitude and capacity.

At the launch, Pearl Stuart, Chairperson, NCFC, thanked all those that were a part of the journey since early March 2015. Those persons included Hon. Anthony Martinez – Minister in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation, Kim Simplis Barrow – Special Envoy for Women and Children, Dr. Susan Kasedde – Country Representative, UNICEF Belize, Judith Alpuche – Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation, and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Ramon Figueroa – Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Health, Deborah Domingo – Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Education, Adele Catzim-Sanchez – Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Youth Sports and Culture, Kerry Belisle – Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Labour, Local Government and Rural Development, Elishah St. Luce – Program Associate, Poverty Reduction and Democratic Governance, Allison Brown McKenzie- Director, Department of Youth Service in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Heads of Department, and Non-Governmental Partners.

The participatory consultations with over 200 stakeholders and over 500 children and adolescents, according to Stuart, shaped the development of the Agenda.  Six Transformational Goals, Five National Outcomes with 20 associated aims, and 132 commitments cut across the early to late adolescent ages and stages of the life cycle.

The Agenda is supported by the international commitments of the United Nation’s Convention of Rights of the Child (UNCRC), Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The Agenda is also underpinned by the national policies, strategies, and national plans such as Belize’s Horizon 2030, Growth and Sustainable Development Strategies (GSDS), Early Childhood Development (ECD) Policy, the National Youth Policy, and the National Parenting Framework, Curricula and Implementation Plan.

The Agenda is also paralleled with the Government’s long-term development framework which combines economic growth and poverty reduction strategies by increasing the number of employed parents. The Agenda specifies that persons are required to support children and adolescents in achieving their full potential by giving them the necessary support.

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