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Morocco made much headway in promoting children's rights, king.

Summary: King Mohammed VI said on Saturday that Morocco has made much headway in the protection and promotion of children's rights, underlining that these steps reflect Morocco's determination to fulfil its international commitments and to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development goals.

King Mohammed VI said on Saturday that Morocco has made much headway in the protection and promotion of children's rights, underlining that these steps reflect Morocco's determination to fulfil its international commitments and to contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development goals.a In a Message addressed to the 6th national session of Children Parliament, read out by Chairwoman of this parliament, Princess Lalla Meryem, the king underlined that such a progress was only possible thanks to the launch of the National Initiative for Human Development and the enactment of the National Action Plan for Children, called "Morocco, a nation worthy of its children". <p>aaa The monarch deemed it "gratifying to see how [the] Parliament has developed into a school, inculcating the values of responsible citizenship and democracy, and how it has become a powerful catalyst, generating relevant recommendations on all matters related to the management of public affairs." a aaaaaa "This experience opens up promising prospects for social education and for strong commitment to human rights and obligations," the king pointed out, adding that "it stimulates awareness about the virtues of dialogue and coexistence, fosters openness and tolerance as a culture, and helps eradicate all forms of extremism, exclusion and ostracism."

aaaaaa To consolidate democracy, the king noted, there is no alternative but to disseminate the values of citizenship and instil the sense of civic responsibility in the population.

aaaaaa "This is everyone's responsibility. Apart from the family and the media, it must be assumed by all institutions dealing with education, culture and guidance," he went on to say.

aaaaaa To this end, the kinga called on all players "to continue to pay close attention to the concerns of children, and to keep up the momentum," stressing that improving the children's condition must be the ultimate objective of these players' endeavours.

aaaaa "Weaalso urge them to set up the necessary mechanisms to enhance the involvement of parliamentary children, at the local and regional levels, in all areas pertaining to the promotion of the rights of our children, and their protection from any risks that might affect their dignity, safety and balance,"athe sovereign said, adding that "this applies, in particular, to those who are still suffering from exploitation, deprivation, ill-treatment and other harmful practices."

aaaaa The 6th session of the Children Parliament, which runs from November 11 through 16, is held under the theme: "How to promote the role of Children Parliament at local and regional levels: a concrete illustration of dignified citizenship."

aaaaaaLalla Meryem is also the Chairwoman of the National Observatory of Children's rights (ONDE), an institution that aims to monitor the conditions of children rights in Morocco, and inform and sensitize the authorities concerned about the protection and the promotion of children rights at the national and regional level. ONDE is also tasked with coordinating with national and international partners regarding various initiatives in the field of children rights.

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