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Parliamentary Resolution 47/2007 (V.31) OGY on the National Strategy 2007-2032

“Making Things Better for our Children”


– considering the fact that choosing to have a child is of value to all of society and that raising a child entails costs and sacrifices that deserve financial and moral recognition,

– emphasizing that children enjoy special protections which include using all means available to guarantee children’s right to a living standard enabling their appropriate physical, intellectual, spiritual, moral, and social development,

– recognizing that solidarity between social groups in different situations and between different generations is essential to guarantee our children’s future,

– recognizing that sustainable social development and a healthy, cohesive and peaceful society, the foundations for which must be constructed for our children by enhancing solidarity, forms the basis for economic development,

– emphasizing that improving opportunities for children and decreasing child poverty is a common interest, task, and responsibility of society, of central and local government bodies, and of non-governmental organizations,

– recognizing that the most effective way to combat child poverty is to prevent it from evolving, and that this requires more effective measures than we have at present,

– considering that Hungary is in 19th place among the 26 countries surveyed by UNICEF in its study on child poverty,

– considering the statistical data which verify that as of December 2006 there were 2,064,793 dependent children below the age of 18 living in Hungary and that the households raising these children are poorer than others ,

– realizing that every single political party with seats in Parliament has said that the society-wide issue of reducing child poverty is both important and urgent,

– recognizing that comprehensive measures covering all sectors are needed to reduce child poverty,

– satisfying the obligations undertaken by the Republic of Hungary in international accords and conventions, in particular in the ones set forth in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the Convention on the Rights of the Child signed in New York on November 20, 1989, and the U.N. Children’s Rights Committee’s Recommendations on the Republic of Hungary’s First Government Report (1998) and its Recommendations on the Second and Third Government Reports (2006),

adopts the following resolution:

1. Parliament adopts the National Strategy called “Making Things Better for our Children,” to run from 2007 to 2032 (hereinafter: National Strategy) which is attached to this resolution as an appendix, the goal of which is to reduce child poverty and improve chances for children.

2. Parliament calls on the Executive to prepare a government programme of action every three years based on the National Strategy and in it to define the tasks involved in designing the legislative, professional, and organizational conditions required, stipulating persons responsible, participants, deadlines, and necessary funding. The deadline for completing the first programme of action is September 1, 2007.

3. Parliament calls on the Executive to see to it that plans, programmes, goals, and interventions related to European Union membership are met while implementing the programme of action, with particular respect to the New Hungary Development Plan and its operative programmes. It should also focus on the requirement to maintain equilibrium in public financing, and the primacy of competitiveness and increasing employment.

4. Parliament calls on the Executive to evaluate the implementation of tasks included in the National Strategy and in the government programme of action for the given period every three years, and to design the succeeding government programme of action on that basis.

5. Parliament calls on the Executive to see to it that when taking government decisions, improving the lot of children should be a paramount consideration.

6. Parliament calls on the Executive to elaborate a system of monitoring the tasks of the National Strategy and to see to it that social welfare and non-governmental organizations, and religious denominations are included in the establishment and continuous operation of a monitoring committee whose task it is to assist, follow up and evaluate implementation of the National Strategy.

7. With this resolution, Parliament calls on professional and civic organizations, religious denominations, and local governments to

     a) do everything in their power to implement the goals of the National Strategy,

     b) participate in dissemination of information on the National Strategy and in evolving a supportive outlook.

8. This resolution shall enter into force on the day of its promulgation.

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