Responses by the Delegation
The delegation said Zambia had engaged children across the country to provide views to be adopted within the eighth national development plan. This had been done in collaboration with civil society. When it came to children, Zambia’s laws initially looked for kinship care as a top priority. Where this was not possible, the next alternative was foster care or adoption. If this was not possible, institutionalisation of the child was the last resort. Regarding a visit by the Special Rapporteur on toxic waste, there were no restrictions in Zambia to his visit. Another request should be put in during the meeting and it would be attended to.
Zambia was reviewing numerous policies and looked on this as a key time to maximise children’s participation. Children had been engaged, and child participation was specified in the child code bill. The child participation framework was being developed, which would outline how children would be involved. When developing the eighth national development plan, children around the country were consulted for their views. Weiterlesen