Agreement signature between the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

On April 8th, 2009, the Inter-American Children’s Institute (IIN) and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will sign an agreement to strengthen and promote the Rights of Children and Adolescents in the Inter-American System. The signing ceremony will take place at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C.

In the context of cooperation developed for years between the IIN and the Government of Canada, this agreement corresponds to the Project “Protection and Promotion of the Rights of Children and Adolescents in the Inter-American System”, formulated by the Institute and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency through a contribution of 2 million Canadian dollars.

The project, that will last 3 years, aims to strengthen the intervention capacity of national governments and their institutions in their responsibility as rights guarantors, making effective the rights of children, adolescents and their families. It will be implemented in four countries in Latin America and the Caribbean identified based on a number of criteria and CIDA priorities.

The IIN, founded on June 9, 1927 and commemorated next April 22, its 60th anniversary of been incorporated as Specialized Organization of the OAS, represents the area of historic and continuing commitment with the rights and welfare of children and adolescents in the Americas. It is an organization that searches for government consensus and commitment and aims to reach a stage of specialized excellence with an articulating role within the Inter-American System and as technical referent on child related issues at regional level, maintaining an active dialogue with civil society organizations.

The agreement will be signed by the OAS Secretary General, Dr. José Miguel Insulza, and by Ambassador Graeme Clark, Permanent Representative of Canada to the OAS, on behalf of the Canadian International Development Agency.

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