Stalno predstavništvo RS pri Uradu ZN v Ženevi /Novice /
24.03.2011  

Izjava RS v letni celodnevni razpravi o pravicah otroka

16th Session of the Human Rights Council
ANNUAL FULL-DAY MEETING ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD
Intervention by SLOVENIA

1st Panel: Root causes and factors leading children to live and/or work on the street


Mr President, Madam High Commissioner, distinguished panellists,

At the beginning allow me to welcome this year’s meeting on the rights of the child on the protection and promotion of the rights of children living and/or working on the street. These children, often invisible or overlooked, deserve equal attention of the international community as other children. Slovenia would like to thank the panellists for their presentation. We would also like to express appreciation for composition of both panels that include experts from all parts of the world, including youth representatives. We warmly welcome their participation today.

Slovenia aligns itself with the statement of the European Union.

Mr President,

The root causes and factors leading children to live and/or work on the street are numerous (among them domestic violence and abuse, poverty, different natural and man-made disasters, conflict, marginalisation and diseases). Children live or work on the street in the developing and developed countries. With certainty we can say that since 2008 one of the main factors causing this phenomenon, or preventing to address it effectively, are the consequences of economic and financial crisis, especially poverty. These consequences can also contribute to the increase of cases of children living or working on the street in Slovenia, which have been rare in recent years.

Slovenia applies various legislative and program measures to decrease poverty, such as family and social benefits. Education at primary and secondary education is free, as well as health care for children. There are different additional measures to support the involvement of children in education, such as subsidy of food and transport, text books and scholarship. There is also the subsidy of preschool institution. Children that have to be urgently removed from the environment in which they live can find temporary accommodation, daily care, information, counselling and learning assistance in 10 crisis centres for children and youth.

Question
Because of the scarce cases of children living or working in the street in Slovenia, this phenomenon is not systemically addressed but rather dealt with on case-by-case basis. I would like to ask the distinguished panellists for examples of good practice to address this issue.

At the end allow me to extend Slovenia’s appreciation and support to the work and dedication of the panellist this morning.

Thank you, Mr. President.