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    Lao govt urges private sector involvement to protect children’s rights

    Phomphong Laoin

    VIENTIANE (Vientiane Times/ANN) – The government is encouraging the private sector to pay attention to implementing obligations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to promote children’s protection.

    The issue was discussed at a private sector consultation meeting in Vientiane on Wednesday.

    Vice President of the Lao Federation of Trade Unions (LFTU) Aly Vongnorbountham, who is also member of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children (NCAWMC) and the UNICEF Representative to Laos, Octavian Bivol, along with representatives of the private sector and international organisations attended the meeting.

    The meeting aimed to get domestic and foreign firms to contribute to protecting children’s rights in the lead up to marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (November 20).

    During the meeting, Aly Vongnorbountham highlighted that NCAWMC had made submissions to the government to officially recognise organisations, including the private sector, that are paying attention to implementing sound business principles and upholding the rights of the children in Laos.

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