Kyiv, Ukraine. On October 27, 2006 the press-conference of UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Mr. Juan Miguel PETIT on results of his fact-finding mission to Ukraine was held in UN House in Kyiv. b_105_79_16777215_00_images_content_news_795.jpg Kyiv, Ukraine. On October 27, 2006 the press-conference of UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Mr. Juan Miguel PETIT on results of his fact-finding mission to Ukraine was held in UN House in Kyiv.
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Kyiv, Ukraine. October 27, 2006. The UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Mr. Juan Miguel PETIT pays a visit to Ukraine to discuss with the respective ministers and other senior officials the state of affairs with sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography in Ukraine and the ways to handle these problems.

The participants of the press-conference on the results of the visit to Ukraine were Mr. Juan Miguel PETIT, UN Special Raporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography; Mr. Yuriy PAVLENKO, Minister for Family, Youth and Sport; Mr. Jeremy HARTLEY, UNICEF Representative to Ukraine.

Talking to journalists, Mr. Petit stated that Ukraine is now at the crossroad and a momnet where it will need to build a new model of protection of children's rights and if not not, the consequence will seriously affect the future generations. He emphasized: "I am of the opinion that the role of the State is to open possibilities and initiatives and generate policies in order to allow concerned actors such as NGOs, international organisations and civil society to contribute and become involved in the protection of children and minors".

Full text of the statment issued by the Special Rapporteur on the results of his visit to Ukraine is available here.

Minister for Family, Youth and Sport of Ukraine Mr. Yuriy PAVLENKO noted that the Ministry prepared and submitted for consideration the draft of the Ukrainian National Programme for 2007 - 2010 on implementing Convention of Children's Rights.

And UNICEF Representative to Ukraine Mr. Jeremy Hartley emphasized on a considerable efforts made by the Government of Ukraine to address issues of children's rights protection. He continued that even more to be done in Ukraine to monitor children's rights, adressing problems of trafficking in children, domestic violence and crimes committed against children, as well as reforming the system of children's ins

The visit of Mr. PETIT to Ukraine was taking place on October 22-27, 2006. During this mission, the UN Special Rapporteur met Minister of Justice Mr. Roman ZVARYCH, Minister for Family, Youth and Sport Yuriy PAVLENKO, a.i. Minister of Educawtion and Science Mr. Boris ZHEBROVSKY, Head of the National Central Beraue of INTERPOL Mr. Kiril KULIKOV, Deputy General Prosecutor Mrs. Tetiana KORNYAKOVA, Deputy Ministers of foreign affairs, labour and social policy, and interior affairs, Heads of Verkhovna Rada Committees and judges of the Supreme Court of Ukraine and the Constitutional Court of Ukraine.

Also, Mr. PETIT met with thhe representatives of UN Country Team in Ukraine, State Department for Penal Implementation, non-governmental organizations promoting rights of children and visited International Organization for Migration rehabilitation center for victims of trafficking, child detention center, shelter for minors of Kyiv City Administration.

For more information please contact Ms. Veronika Vashchenko, UN Communications Officer, +38044 253 93 63 veronika.vashchenko@undp.org

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On 20 November 1989, the United Nations General Assembly in New York adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. On April 3, 2003 the Parliament of Ukraine ratified the Optional Protocol 25 May of 2000 to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child signed by Ukraine on 7 September 2000.

By 1990, international awareness of the commercial sexual exploitation and the sale of children had grown to such a level that the United Nations Commission on Human Rights created the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography that was assumed by the Human Rights Council. The mandate-holder is required to investigate the exploitation of children around the world and to submit reports on the findings to the General Assembly and the Commission on Human Rights, making recommendations for the protection of the rights of the children concerned. These recommendations are targeted primarily at Governments, other United Nations bodies and non-governmental organizations.

Mr. PETIT, journalist and social scientist from Uruguay, was appointed Special Rapporteur in July 2001 by the Commission on Human Rights, the Council's predecessor. Since then, he has carried out field visits to South Africa, France, Brazil, Paraguay, Romania, Albania and Greece.

The Special Rapporteur will present a report on this mission to the fourth session of the Human Rights Council in March 2007.