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Children as a priority on the
National and International Agenda

The Convention on the Rights of the Child from 1989 serves as a common agenda for research aimed at improving children's living conditions, well-being and participation. It also constitutes a framework with a particular focus on children and youth. Norway ratified the convention in 1991, and was that same year the first country in the world to appoint a minister to have children as one of the main responsibilities. Having had the first Ombudsman for children in the world since 1981, children remain to have a high priority on the national agenda. The country also have a strong international focus on children. In 2001 the Norwegian government ratified the UN Optional Protocol on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography . Norway was also among the first to ratify the UN Optional Protocol on children in armed conflit which was passed by the UN general Assembly in May 2002, and has also had a central role in writing the final document form the UN Special session on children in 2002. ILO's convention nr 182 prohibits the worst form of child labour, including commercial sexual exploitation and work which is hazardous for children's health and safety. Norway contributed to writing this convention and ratified it in 2001.