INSTITUTION SIGNED AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT OF PARAGUAY
THE AGREEMENT, DEVELOPED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JURIDICAL SCIENCES, INCLUDES JOINT RESEARCH, SEMINARS, TEACHING RIGHTS OF CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS PROGRAMS, AND PUBLIC POLICIES.
March 29, 2016
An academic consulting that the Childhood and Adolescence Study Centre (CEDIA, in Spanish), of the Department of Law and Social Sciences, made to the Government of Paraguay was the origin of the framework agreement that our Academic Institution signed with the State Department of Public Health and Social Well-Being of that country.
The document bears the signature of the holder of that Department, Antonio Carlos Barrios; the ambassador of Paraguay, Nimia Oviedo, and the president of our Corporation, Alvaro Rojas.
The formalization of that agreement was the main objective of the visit of the diplomat, who also made a tour of the facilities at the Talca Campus.
The bilateral agreement provides a framework for cooperation between the two parties.
To the ceremony, held in the meeting room of the president’s office, the ambassador arrived accompanied with the Secretary, José María González, and the assistant of the Defense Attaché, chief petty officer of the Embassy of Paraguay, Julio César Delgado.
Accompanying President Álvaro Rojas were the Academic Vice President, Gilda Carrasco, the Director of International Relations, Carolina Torres; and the dean (s) of the Department of Law and Social Sciences, Raúl Carnevalli; and the Director and Deputy Director of CEDIA, Ruperto Pinochet, and Isaac Ravetllat, respectively.
It was in 2015 when the Secretary of Public Health and Social Welfare from Paraguay requested the CEDIA counsel, which was taken by Professor Isaac Ravetllat, with the objective of reviewing and validating the “Rights of Children and Adolescents and the Health Services Guidelines”, prepared by the Directorate of Comprehensive Health of Children and adolescents (DIRSINA, in Spanish) of the aforementioned Paraguayan State Department.
Following the success of the work led by this center, a proposal to develop a framework agreement arose.
The ambassador said she felt much honored to be in our Institution. “It is not by chance that we come here, considering that the State Department of Health of Paraguay chose this University in order to sign the agreement. We have seen that it is one of the best ranked universities,” she said.
In addition to her role as a diplomat, she, as an academic from the National University of Paraguay, expressed the willingness to expand ties in this field.
For his part, President Álvaro Rojas highlighted the importance of this agreement. “It is of utmost importance for the academic development of our University and for the opportunities it provides to your country,” he said. He added that the agreement marks the start of a relationship with Paraguay, “which we hope it will prosper in other areas.”
He mentioned as an important milestone the creation of the Department of Law and Social Sciences in 1995, whose Law program has ranked among the best in the country in the training of undergraduates. In addition, he emphasized the generation of its Doctoral and Master's degree programs, and Study Centers, the most recent of which is the CEDIA.
Professor Ruperto Pinochet noted that notwithstanding the short existence of the Center, this entity has already advised a number of countries. He also stated that it is willing to work with the Government of Chile.
The same disposition was highlighted by Isaac Ravetllat, who explained that the work done in Paraguay concerns health rights of adolescents —including reproductive rights.
“Paraguay’s State Department of Health has developed a protocol for how health professionals should act or respond to when attend somewhat complex situations, from a legal point of view, which affects children and adolescents. In this protocol it is explained what to do when in an emergency service appears a teenage girl asking for the day-after pill, a pregnant girl suspected of being a sexual assault victim, or a case concerning the HIV. It is a guide we are validating at CEDIA” he explained. He added that the same counseling was provided in Brazil and Uruguay.
One of the purposes of the above-mentioned Center of the Department of Juridical and Social Sciences of our University is to provide a decentralized vision for the development of actions linked with the rights of children and adolescents. This entity carries out academic activities; it provides advice and promotes legal and social sciences research on the matter. Another of its purposes is to study the progress and setbacks reported that concern the protection of children in the Chilean legal system, especially since our country ratified the text of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Children.