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Ministerials Paragraphs Related to the Theme Paragraphs VII Summit

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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada continues to advance children’s rights and well-being
domestically, and also provides support for related initiatives throughout the Americas. Each year, Canada celebrates National Child Day on November 20th to raise awareness about children’s rights and the United Nations Convention of the Rights on the Child (UNCRC) in Canada. National Child Day 2009 celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the UNCRC.

On November 20, 2009, Canada submitted its combined third and fourth report to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, which included reporting on compliance with the Optional Protocol on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict.

Canada supports several federal children’s programs aimed at vulnerable populations. These initiatives include the Community Action Program for Children, the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, the Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Communities and the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program, which has been shared with countries in the Americas and is being implemented in Chile.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada provides support for initiatives aimed at improving educational and economic opportunities for young people throughout the Americas.
In 2009 the Public Health Agency released the Chief Public Health Officer’s Report on the State of Public Health in Canada 2009: Growing Up Well – Priorities for a Healthy Future, which focused on how childhood experiences influence the health of Canada’s children during childhood and throughout life.
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Date:  6/20/2010 
Canada sent an official delegation, including two youth delegates, to the Pan-American Child Congress in Lima, Peru in September, 2009. Canada continues to support the implementation of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child domestically, and throughout the Americas through collaboration with the Inter-American Children's Institute (IIN). Canada works with the IIN in developing policies and programs that effectively address and protect the rights of children and youth. Canada supports Child Rights Education for Professionals (CRED-PRO) which provides educational programs on children’s rights to professionals working with children. CRED-PRO pilot projects have been launched in Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina.

Canada supports policy and program initiatives to reduce family violence through its Family Violence Initiative. In 2009, the Public Health Agency of Canada organized events that facilitated knowledge exchange and contributed to the identification of gaps, priorities and promising prevention practices in child emotional maltreatment and family violence in Aboriginal communities.

The Public Health Agency represents Canada as a founding member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Violence Prevention Alliance. The Agency participated in the WHO Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention held in Geneva in September 2009.
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Related Resources
Canadian International Development Agency - Securing the Future of Children and Youth
Childhood and Adolescence
National Clearinghouse on Family Violence
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