Dimapur, February 6: Vikhono Rolnu from Prodigals’ Home, Dimapur represented Nagaland in the National Inclusive Children’s Parliament election where she was elected as the Minister of SDG 11, Sustainable cities and communities.
As the Sustainable Cities and Communities Minister, Vikhono Rolnu said, “I will promote the idea of Neighbourhood vigilance communities of both adolescence and children working towards creating safe and green spaces for children”.
It may be mentioned that child-parliamentarians from across India took oath as National Inclusive Children’s Parliament’s ministers and interacted with duty bearers to incorporate their voices and recommendations on the United Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which they plan to submit to government functionaries and elected representatives at the state and national level including the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the National Commission for the protection of child rights.
At the international levels this report is designed to be tabled before the UPR (Universal Periodic Report) of the UN Human Rights Council, the UN Committee on the rights of the child and later in the year to the COP 27 process.
PRATYeK, the convening organization conducted six days long National Inclusive Children’s Parliament (NICP) process to sensitize the children about the UN Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) and, Government and CRC, Family and Protection, Health, Education, Vulnerable Groups, Environment, Participation, and Budget for children.
With the presence of Member of Parliaments and Parliamentarian Group for Children (PGC), the week-long program culminated on January 30 promoting Gandhiji’s Antodaya.
The children from multiple states across India took oath as SDGs ministers hailing from vulnerable communities and rural setups. During the interaction, children shared the recommendations collected in UNCRC, UPR shadow report and environmental report which was created by, of and for the children of India.
The event witnessed the key speakers recognizing the current situation of child rights in India. Some of the guest speakers who engaged with children were Gaurav Gogoi, Fouzia Khan, Hasnain Masoodi, Sampatiya Uikey, Sandhya Ray, Dr Manish Gawai from Ministry of Women and Child Development graced the event with their presence and expressed their thoughts and solidarity with children
Over 600 children and their supporters interacted with the convener of the Parliamentarian’s Group for Children, Gaurav Gogoi and other members of Parliament.
(Page News Service)