History

During the Kingdom conference on April 2nd, 2014 in Aruba, the political authorities endorsed that every child in the Kingdom has the right to a good childhood as envisaged by the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The conference decided to set up the Kingdom Taskforce for Children's Rights with the task of stimulating collaboration within the Kingdom with regard to children's rights. The action plan of the Taskforce “A first step” was presented on the 20th of November 2014, during the 25th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child. During the Kingdom conference on June 16th, 2015, the authorities of the four countries approved the action plan and addenda drawn up by the countries.

On May 27th, 2015, the four countries of the Kingdom in Geneva, before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, accounted for the way in which the UNCRC is being observed in the Kingdom. In its recommendations of June 2015, the Children's Rights Committee explicitly asked for attention to be paid to compliance with children's rights in the Caribbean parts of the Kingdom and the role of the Kingdom Taskforce on Children's Rights in this respect.

During the Kingdom Parenting Conference in Curaçao in May 2018, the political authorities for youth and family of the four countries and the three public bodies of the Caribbean Netherlands signed a Declaration of Intent to intensify collaboration to improve the rights of children in the Kingdom (also on administrative level), share expertise and strengthen the role of the Kingdom Taskforce for Children's Rights in this. The Declaration of Intent was elaborated in the summer of 2018 in a Memorandum of Understanding Children's Rights (MoU) that was signed by all responsible authorities on the International Day of the Rights of the Child on November 20th, 2018.