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L’Italia sostiene l’Appello Globale del SG ONU Guterres per la protezione dei bambini durante la pandemia COVID 19

  “Protect our Children”

Response to the UN Secretary-General’s Call on Countries to Prioritize Children’s Education, Food, Health and Safety amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Initiative launched by the EU, GRULAC and the Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs*


We strongly support the appeal by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for countries to prioritize children’s education, food, health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In this regard, we welcome the release of the Policy Brief of the United Nations Secretary-General as well as the complementary Agenda for Action issued by UNICEF, which is aimed at protecting the most vulnerable children.

We express our deep concern regarding the adverse effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is presently having and will continue to have on children’s well-being, development and protection, including their access to education, food, safety andhealth, particularly those in vulnerable situations.

We are aware that the measures introduced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 can expose children to numerous protection risks.

We are concerned about the damaging effects the pandemic is expected to have onchildren in the poorest countries, on the poorest households within countries, and ongirls within poorest households, as well as the devastating risks caused by thepandemic for children in humanitarian and armed conflict-affected contexts.

We are mindful that the effects of the pandemic and the preventive measures taken may pose a challenge to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring the full enjoyment of the rights of the child. In that sense, we reiterate our firm commitment to leave no-one behind; to leave no child behind.

We must therefore work together to protect all children and act now to prevent and mitigate each of the risks they face, to ensure access to inclusive and quality education, nutrition and health care, as well as strengthen social protection systems.

We must prevent and combat all forms of violence, including domestic violence,abuse and sexual exploitation of children online and offline, cyberbullying, andbridge the digital divide. We acknowledge the specific effects the crisis has on girls’access to education and on gender-based violence. We should be doing everything we can to cushion the impact on children’s well-being, especially for those whosevulnerability has increased as a result of the current circumstances.

We commit to fully respect, promote and protect the rights of all children, reducethe negative impacts during and after the pandemic, as well as ensure respect for the best interests of the child while striving to take into account, where possible, children’s views.

We recognize that children and young people are positive change agents and commit to partner with them now and in the future, to ease the lasting impact COVID-19 will have on human health, society and the economy and secure a healthy, safe andsustainable future and planet for all in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

We are committed to working together in solidarity, across nations and generations, to address global challenges. We welcome the work of the UN system working across all settings and acting as one UN in upholding the rights of the child in the short as well as long terms. We further commit to continue working with all partners at all levels to ensure that children can reach their full potential and to build a better future.

*63 Members of the Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs joined the initiative.

Signatories (as of 29 April 2020)

1. Afghanistan

2. Albania

3. Algeria

4. Andorra

5. Angola

6. Antigua and Barbuda

7. Argentina

8. Armenia

9. Australia

10. Austria

11. Azerbaijan

12. Bahamas

13. Bahrain

14. Bangladesh

15. Barbados

16. Belarus

17. Belgium

18. Belize

19. Benin

20. Bhutan

21. Bolivia

22. Bosnia and Herzegovina

23. Botswana

24. Brazil

25. Bulgaria

26. Burkina Faso

27. Burundi

28. Cabo Verde

29. Cambodia

30. Canada

31. Chile

32. China

33. Colombia

34. Comoros

35. Congo (Republic of)

36. Costa Rica

37. Côte d’Ivoire

38. Croatia

39. Cuba

40. Cyprus

41. Czechia

42. Denmark

43. Djibouti

44. Dominica

45. Dominican Republic

46. Ecuador

47. Egypt

48. El Salvador

49. Eritrea

50. Estonia

51. Eswatini

52. Ethiopia

53. Equatorial Guinea

54. Fiji

55. Finland

56. France

57. The Gambia

58. Georgia

59. Germany

60. Ghana

61. Greece

62. Grenada

63. Guatemala

64. Guinea

65. Guyana

66. Haiti

67. Honduras

68. Hungary

69. Iceland

70. India

71. Indonesia

72. Ireland

73. Israel

74. Italy

75. Jamaica

76. Japan

77. Jordan

78. Kazakhstan

79. Kenya

80. Korea (Republic of)

81. Kuwait

82. Kyrgyzstan

83. Laos

84. Latvia

85. Lebanon

86. Lesotho

87. Liberia

88. Liechtenstein

89. Lithuania

90. Luxembourg

91. Madagascar

92. Malawi

93. Malaysia

94. Maldives

95. Mali

96. Malta

97. Marshall Islands

98. Mauritius

99. Mexico

100. Micronesia (Federated States of)

101. Moldova

102. Monaco

103. Mongolia

104. Montenegro

105. Morocco

106. Mozambique

107. Myanmar

108. Namibia

109. Nauru

110. Nepal

111. The Netherlands

112. New Zealand

113. Nicaragua

114. Niger

115. Nigeria

116. North Macedonia

117. Norway

118. Pakistan

119. Palau

120. Panama

121. Papua New Guinea

122. Paraguay

123. Peru

124. Philippines

125. Poland

126. Portugal

127. Qatar

128. Romania

129. Rwanda

130. Saint Kitts and Nevis

131. Saint Lucia

132. Saint Vincent and theGrenadines

133. Samoa

134. San Marino

135. Saudi Arabia

136. Senegal

137. Serbia

138. Seychelles

139. Sierra Leone

140. Singapore

141. Slovakia

142. Slovenia

143. South Africa

144. South Sudan

145. Spain

146. Sri Lanka

147. Sudan

148. Suriname

149. Sweden

150. Switzerland

151. Tanzania

152. Thailand

153. Tunisia

154. Turkey

155. Turkmenistan

156. Tuvalu

157. Trinidad and Tobago

158. Uganda

159. Ukraine

160. United Arab Emirates

161. United Kingdom

162. Uruguay

163. Uzbekistan

164. Venezuela (Bolivarian Republicof)

165. Viet Nam

166. Yemen

167. Zambia

168. State of Palestine

169. European Union