Caribbean News Now!

About Us Contact Us


Jump to your country or territory of interest

Advertise with us

Reach our daily visitors from around the Caribbean and throughout the world. Click here for rates and placements.


Submit news and opinion for publication


Click here to receive our daily regional news headlines by email.


Click here to browse our extensive archives going back to 2004

Also, for the convenience of our readers and the online community generally, we have reproduced the complete Caribbean Net News archives from 2004 to 2010 here.

Climate Change Watch

The Caribbean is especially vulnerable to rising sea levels brought about by global warming. Read the latest news and information here...

Follow Caribbean News Now on Twitter
Connect with Caribbean News Now on Linkedin

News from the Caribbean:

Back To Today's News

OAS assistant secretary general calls on member states to invest more in children
Published on September 18, 2013 Email To Friend    Print Version

MEDELLIN, Colombia -- The assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), Ambassador Albert Ramdin, has called on governments, international organizations, the private sector and non-governmental organizations to “recognize the value of investing more in the children of the Hemisphere.”

Organization of American States (OAS) Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin
Ramdin made the call as he opened the 88th regular session of the Directing Council of the Inter-American Children’s Institute, in Medellin, Colombia, on Monday. The Inter-American Children’s Institute is a specialized organ of the OAS, which seeks to assist governments in their efforts to design national protection systems for the promotion of the rights of children.

According to the OAS official, while progress has been made in the reduction of mortality, malnutrition and poverty rates in this Hemisphere, an estimated 81 million children still live and are raised in poverty, with 32 million listed as living in extreme poverty.

“The issues facing our children remain and, in some cases, have become more complex. From poverty to challenges in nutrition and health, child trafficking, protection and defense, we must work harder. Our efforts must not wane, especially in a region where, in many countries, over half the total population is under the age of 18,” said Ramdin.

The OAS assistant secretary general also called for stronger public policies to create and provide opportunities for children. "Working together, parents, teachers, and mentors can encourage the creative potential of this generation and provide an environment where our children can thrive and learn the skills needed to become responsible citizens."

The 88th Regular Session of the Inter-American Children’s Institute was hosted by the Instituto de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF) of the Colombian government and inaugurated by the president of the Directing Council, Gloria Lozano Diaz, who applauded the commitment of the OAS and the presence of the assistant secretary general.

This year, delegates are focusing their deliberations on three areas: natural disasters and the impact on children; alternative penal responsibilities, and early childhood education. The outcome of this meeting will factor into the preparations for 21st Pan American Children’s Congress, scheduled to take place in Brazil.
Reads: 10154

Click here to receive daily news headlines from Caribbean News Now!



No comments on this topic yet. Be the first one to submit a comment.


As a result of our comments feature being overtaken in recent weeks by spammers using fake email addresses, producing a large number of bounced verification emails each day, we have reluctantly decided to suspend the comments section until further notice.

User comments posted on this website are the sole views and opinions of the comment author and are not representative of Caribbean News Now or its staff. Caribbean News Now accepts no liability and will not be held accountable for user comments.
Caribbean News Now reserves the right to remove, edit or censor any comments. Any content that is considered unsuitable, unlawful or offensive, includes personal details, advertises or promotes products, services or websites or repeats previous comments will not be approved.
Before posting, please refer to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Other Headlines:

Regional Sports: