CSOs are indispensable partners of the UN System, they promote the rights of the most vulnerable, says UNRC Sollorano





United Nations works in several fields and partners with the government organizations to boost the welfare of the Turkish society, but without involvement of the Civil Society Organizatons (CSOs) all those efforts would not be fully successful, said Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Turkey.

On 31 May, in Ankara, speaking at the opening of a two-day workshop for CSOs on Reporting Procedures to the United Nations Human Rights Bodies with an emphasis on Child Rights, Ms. Sollorano said that CSOs’ promote the rights of the most vulnerable groups and these efforts are an essential part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, which dictates “Leave No One Behind.”

Ms. Sollorano said that Turkey is a party to several human rights conventions, including International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and Rights of the Child.

“CSOs have a responsibility to tell the society that these rights do exist,” said Ms. Sollorano.

About the Workshop

The workshop was organized jointly by Office of the Resident Coordinator, UNICEF and International Children’s Center aimed at raising awareness and knowledge on international treaty bodies; raise awareness on Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process; increase engagement with the UN Human Rights mechanisms including shadow reporting and individual applications.

Workshop also focused on promotion of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The workshop was attended by representatives of several CSOs throughout Turkey that mainly promote the rights of the child.