The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is a staunch ally of UNICE , helping to bring children’s issues to the forefront. The main focus of this collaboration in 2006 has been the protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse. In February, at the invitation of the Viet Nam National Assembly, IPU and UNICEF organized a seminar in Hanoi. Eighty members of Parliament from 13 countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations attended the seminar to discuss preventing trafficking and violence against children.
At the 114th Assembly of the Inter- Parliamentary Union in May 2006, the two organizations arranged a panel discussion
on children and AIDS. Parliamentarians were urged to break the silence about AIDS, to ensure comprehensive policies, legislation and adequate funding that includes children, and to support families and communities affected by AIDS.
The UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, established in 1988 to improve the organiza- tion’s research capability, informs the work of IPU and UNICEF through data-driven examples of what parliamentarians can do to protect children. With a new four-year agreement commencing in 2007, parliamentarians will have access to up-to-date information, research and guidance as they work to end the exploitation of children.
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