Nov. 20, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The annual State of our Children and Youth address was delivered today by Ombudsman and Child and Youth Advocate Bernard Richard. He did so in conjunction with the release of a report entitled, A Clearer Picture: A statistical backgrounder to the 2009 State of our Children and Youth Address. Richard delivered his address at École Sainte-Anne in Fredericton.
This yearly report provides insight into the well-being of the province's children and youth, particularly with regard to key indicators such as health, education and social conditions.
Furthermore, it enables the Child and Youth Advocate to evaluate and monitor the province's success in ensuring the rights of its children are upheld.
"The report was greatly enhanced by the participation of provincial government officials from various departments," said Richard. "This collaboration signifies our collective dedication to protecting the rights of the child."
The release coincides with the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations' International Convention on the Rights of the Child, the principles of which served as the basis for the report.
"This year, we have focused on how the province as a whole is measuring up to the obligations set forth in the convention," said Richard. "We have been able to provide a more comprehensive overview of the state of our children and supply year-over-year comparisons. It is my hope that the report can be used as a tool to identify opportunities to improve the quality of life among the children and youth of New Brunswick."
Copies of the report are available at www.gnb.ca/ombudsman.
MEDIA CONTACT: Bernard Richard, Office of the Ombudsman / Child and Youth Advocate, 506-453-2789 or 1-888-465-1100, firstname.lastname@example.org.