The Well-being of Children

Children are the most vulnerable segment of human society. Their well-being and development is dependent on the rest of society. Thus, the principle of collective trusteeship of society towards children must be integrated into governance processes, communities and institutions in society to ensure that children’s rights are safeguarded and that they have the maximum opportunity to develop their physical, intellectual and moral capacities. To neglect this responsibility is to court the destruction of the foundations of society itself, for the destiny of all future generations depends on the attention given to children now.

In the contributions to the discourse on promoting the well-being of children, the Office explores questions such as the following: How can well-being of children become a goal integrated into development plans and programs of the State and civil society? How can communities and institutions become more conscious of and responsive to the educational and developmental needs and vulnerabilities of children? How can communities be empowered to take ownership of the physical, intellectual and moral development of their younger generations?

Over the past many years, the Office has been exploring these questions with various groups, individuals and organizations concerned for the protection and well-being of children.

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