The United Nations General Assembly Third Committee has adopted a Resolution led by Zambia and Canada on Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage.
The Resolution, that was co-sponsored by 125 members in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), urges Member States to address root causes of gender inequality and violence, and tackles poverty and other root causes of early and forced marriage.
The Resolution was adopted by consensus.
Delivering a statement on the adoption of the Resolution, Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations, Dr Chola Milambo, said child, early and forced marriage jeopardizes the education, health, wellbeing and the future of millions of children around the world.
“It keeps too many girls and young women from reaching their full potential and hinders the development of communities and countries,” the Ambassador said.
He said globally, progress has been made to reduce the prevalence of child marriage, and 25 million girls have avoided child marriage over the last decade.
“But progress has been uneven, between and within countries, and unless we make efforts to accelerate change, the impact of COVID-19 could push the target 5.3 even further away, by putting 10 million additional girls at risk of child marriage over the next decade. This is extremely concerning,” said Dr Milambo.
This is according to a press statement idsued by Namatama Njekwa, First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nation. -Mwebantu