Dr Agnes Akosua Aidoo from Ghana, member of the International Board of Trustees of the African Child Policy Forum and Former Vice-Chairperson of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, provided the keynote address during the opening session of the conference ‘Putting Children First’ on 23 October 2017.
During her inspirational speech, she reminded all participants of the urgency to fight child poverty in Africa, both for improving current and future lives. She highlighted the need to listen more carefully to children’s voices, to align the children’s rights agenda with that of human rights, and to increase government capacity for enhancing implementation of policies and programmes. Most crucially, she called upon governments and all other stakeholders to make addressing child poverty their absolute priority “for the children living in poverty cannot wait any longer”.
The full text of the keynote speech can be found here:
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