26.10.2012 - News

Geneva: 22 NGOs set global standards for child protection – Tdh plays a key role

There are now international standards for child protection during humanitarian interventions. Recognised worldwide as one of the principal humanitarian organisations in Switzerland for child protection, Terre des hommes (Tdh) has played a key role in drawing up these standards, which will be officially presented to the UN on Monday 29th October at the Palais de L’Athenee in Geneva, in the presence of the Swiss and US Ambassadors.

“More than half the people affected by conflicts and disasters are children; so it is both urgent and essential to have principles for child protection that are valid at a global level”, stated Sabine Rakotomalala, who contributed for Tdh in the drawing up of the new regulations in the NGO group. The Minimal Standards for the Protection of Children during Humanitarian Interventions developed by the Child Protection Working Group (CPWG), composed of 22 non-governmental organisations from throughout the world, should furnish a framework for the protection of children in distress during humanitarian interventions. “These standards should strengthen the coordination and communication, as well as the quality of the programmes for protection”, explains Sabine Rakotomalala, an expert in child protection at Tdh. It is especially during situations of distress such as disasters and wars that children suffer even more from violence, displacement, exploitation and sexual abuse.

Further information:
Rudolf Gafner, Tdh media service for the German-speaking part of Switzerland,
079 742 98 73,
Sabine Rakotomalala (French/English), in charge of Tdh’s Child Protection project,
078 808 16 65

Child Protection Working Group (CPWG): 22 charities, NGO, UN organisations and other parties grouped together as the CPWG to coordinate activities of protection for children in distress situations. The following organisations are represented (in alphabetical order): ChildFund, Child Soldiers International, Columbia University, Danish Refugee Council, Geneva Call, Handicap International, IKRK, International Rescue Committee, Islamic Relief Worldwide, International Labour Organization, Keeping Children Safe, Norwegian Refugee Council, Plan International, Save the Children, SOS Children’s Village, Terre des hommes – Child Relief (Tdh), UNICEF, UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN High Commission for Refugees, UN Department of Peace-keeping Operations, War Child, World Vision.