In a message addressed to the Fifth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood: His Majesty King Mohammed VI praises ISESCO And calls on international community to shoulder the historic responsibility towards children, as being the future of humanity, to protect them from violence, exploitation and neglect

Rabat: 21/02/2018

In a message addressed to the Fifth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood:   His Majesty King Mohammed VI praises ISESCO And calls on international community to shoulder the historic responsibility towards children, as being the future of humanity, to protect them from  violence, exploitation and neglect

In a royal message addressed to the members of the Fifth Islamic Conference of Ministers in Charge of Childhood, which kicked off today, at the headquarters of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), His Majesty King Mohammed VI expressed his appreciation to the Organization, which he described as dynamic, and to all the Member States for the commendable efforts made in the area of child protection, lauding ISESCO’s choice of the Conference’s theme, “Towards a Safe Childhood”, which reflects the paramount importance of child  issues and the  shared commitment to ensuring the safety of children and upholding their universally recognized rights.

In the same vein, King Mohammed VI announced that by hosting this Conference, the Kingdom of Morocco is reaffirming its unwavering commitment to joint Islamic action, particularly when the crucial issue at stake is that of shaping thecommon future of the Islamic world. He added that Morocco is willing to share with all sister nations the experience it has gained in the field of child protection, security and care. He also referred to a statement made by the late King Hassan II pointed out, in his address at the opening of the First National Conference on the Rights of the Child, held in Morocco in 1994, which stressed that, “the future hinges on children, and the latter embody humanity’s hope for a better tomorrow. A country’s civilization is gauged by the extent to which it cares for its children”.

In addition, His Majesty reviewed the measures taken by Morocco in the last two decades to support its national policy in the area of child protection including the strengthening of family cohesion through the adoption of an advanced Family Code that takes into account the best interests of the child and protects his or her rights.

 “The interest I take in improving the situation of children at the national level is matched only by my commitment to uphold and comply with the various international agreements and conventions on child rights”, His Majesty stated.

“My action has not stopped at protecting Moroccan children. I have also sought to make sure migrants are included. To that end, we have adopted a national migration and asylum strategy based on humanitarian considerations. Under that strategy, in the regularization process, priority is given to vulnerable groups, children and family reunification,” King Mohammed VI maintained.

His Majesty also called on the international community, and the influential powers in particular, to shoulder their historic responsibility towards children, as being the future of humanity, to protect them from violence, exploitation and neglect. He called on them to take whatever measures are needed – before it is too late – in order to save children from the scourge of war, conflict, epidemics, famine and extremist and terrorist groups, as well as from the tragedies relating to illegal migration.

The King of Morocco underscored that Islamic countries should enhance their solidarity and cooperation, pool efforts, share the experience gained in the area of child protection and seek to craft constructive, innovative partnerships that take into account the distinctive features of our countries, adding that efforts should also be made to involve the actors concerned, including civil society groups. King Mohammed VI also called for the establishment of a system for reporting violations that involves all the parties concerned.

In his message to the Conference, which was read out at the opening session by the Minister of State in Charge of Human Rights, Mr Mustapha Ramid, King Mohammed VI stressed that Islamic countries are expected to invest in all sectors concerning child-related issues and challenges, by seeking to combat poverty, tackle the repercussions of climate change, ensure food security, keep abreast of the digital revolution and provide for security and stability. “I am confident that the soon-to-be-established advisory council for the advancement of child-related issues in the Islamic world will serve as a powerhouse for suggestions aimed at tackling common challenges in connection with children”, His Majesty maintained.