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In response to the Concluding Observations on Bangladesh’s Second Periodic Report submitted in 2000, the Government, with the assistance of various development partners, has been implementing new interventions in the fields of birth registration, juvenile justice, injury and accidents, early learning, adolescent and child rights awareness building.

Bangladesh submitted it’s Initial Report on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in November 1995 and a Supplementary Report in December 1996. The Second Periodic Report was submitted in December 2000. This combined Third and Fourth Periodic Report is being submitted as per CRC/C/15/Add 03Oct 2003. The report has been prepared in accordance with the General Guidelines adopted by the Committee on 11 October 1996. All effort has been made to provide the information as per this latest Guideline. The Concluding Observations and Recommendations on the Initial Report of Bangladesh on both the Optional Protocols to the CRC have also been taken into consideration in this Report.

As lead agency, the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) in association with the line ministries, UNICEF and NGOs has prepared this Periodic Report during JanuaryAugust 2007. The line ministries are: Health and Family Welfare; Social Welfare; Education; Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives; Home Affairs; Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs; Finance; Planning; Information; Youth and Sports; Labour and Employment; Defence; Cultural Affairs; Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs; and the Primary and Mass Education. The report preparation process was documented initially in a concept paper agreed between all partners. The report was drafted by a core committee and discussed in MoWCA and UNICEF before wider circulation for review and feedback.

One National and Five Divisional Consultations were organized with the concerned actors/stakeholders mainly to verify and share the information and contents of the Report and incorporating the ground level realties. Two Children’s Consultations, one at Divisional Level (Rajshahi) and another at National level were also organized for the purpose.

The Ministry of Women and Children Affairs would like to thank all the line ministries, UNICEF, concerned UN agencies, international organizations, NGOs and their coalitions for their valuable contributions towards preparing this State Party Report.

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