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Institutional Framework Database for Social Policy
in Latin America and the Caribbean
Antigua and Barbuda

 

 

Legal and regulatory dimension
Adherence, signing, and ratification of covenants, conventions, and agreements related to economic, social, and cultural rights
Ratified/Adhered to     Signed     Without Signature / Ratification
International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racism Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women Convention on the Rights of the Child International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families Constituent Agreement of the Development Fund for Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean
25-October-1988 07-January-2016 01-August-1989 05-October-1993
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The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights and its Optional Protocol are the international instruments for the Universal Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that regulate the protection of economic, social, and cultural rights. The Covenant was approved by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution 2200 A (XXI) on December 16th, 1966 and became effective in 1976.

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The International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racism is the international instrument of the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations, explicitly directed towards the elimination of any kind of racial discrimination. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly with resolution 2106 (XX) on December 21st, 1965 and became effective in 1969.

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The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is the international instrument of the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that regulates the protection of human rights for persons with disabilities, explicitly mentioning a social development perspective. In this Convention a broad classification of persons with disabilities are considered, and it reaffirms that all people with all kinds of disabilities should be able to enjoy all their fundamental human rights and liberties. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 13th, 2006.

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The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women is the international instrument of the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that regulates the protection of rights of women. It defines acts that constitute discrimination against women and describes the nature of State obligations through laws, public policy, and programs that the State should develop to eliminate discrimination. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18th, 1979.

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the international instrument used by the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that recognizes the articulated rights of the child on the basis of four fundamental principles: no discrimination, best interests of the child, the right to life, livelihood and development, and the respect of the child’s opinion. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20th, 1989.

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The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families is the international instrument used by the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that regulates the protection of rights of migrant persons and their families, regardless of their migration status. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on December 18th, 1990.

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The Constituent Agreement of the Development Fund for Indigenous Peoples in Latin America and the Caribbean is the international instrument used by the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights of the United Nations that advises governments in assuming responsibility for developing, with the participation of indigenous populations, a coordinated and systematic action plan with the aim of protecting the rights of these populations and guaranteeing the respect of their integrity. It was approved by the United Nations General Assembly on June 27th, 1989.

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Constitutional Mention of Sectoral Topics
Explicit Mention      Indirect/Implicit Mention     Does not mention

Year of Latest Observed Constitution

Social Housing

Work and Social Security

Public Health

Public Education

Social Development

Children and Adolescents

Youth/Young Adults

Women

Older Persons

Persons with Disabilities

Afrodecendants and Indigenous Peoples

Migrants

1981
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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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respect the principles of social justice and, therefore, believe that the operation of their economic system should result in the material resources of their community being so distributed as to serve the common good, that there should be adequate means of livelihood for all, that labour should not be exploited or forced by economic necessity to operate in inhumane conditions but that there should be opportunity for advancement on the basis of recognition of merit, ability and integrity;

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that is reasonably required in the interests of defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health, public revenue, town and country planning or the development and utilisation of property in such a manner as to promote the public benefit;

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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The latest constitutional text revised for this country does not present any explicit on indirect mentions for this sectoral topic in particular.

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El último texto constitucional revisado para este país, no presenta menciones explícitas o indirectas de este tema sectorial en particular.

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Specific national laws
Law present      Official information not available
 

Children and Adolescents

Youth/Young Adults

Older Persons

Women

Peoples with Disabilites

Afrodescendants and Indigenous Peoples

Migrants

Public Education

Work and Social Security

Social Housing

Public Health

Social Development

 
Legal Instrument Ley de Cuidado y Protección de los Niños, Niñas n.d. n.d. The Sexual Offences Act, 1995. n.d. n.d. The Immigration and Passport Act (2014) Ley de Educación Codigo de Trabajo Ley de Vivienda y Eliminación de Viviendas Precarias Ley de Salud Pública n.d.
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Organizational dimension
Main authority for intersectoral coordination

 

Country Antigua and Barbuda
Main authority National Economic and Social Council
Year of creation 2004
Coordinating authority Delegate to the Prime Minister
Members Congress of Trade Unions; Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Antigua; Federation of Employers of Antigua and Barbuda; Association of Hotels and Tourism of Antigua; Professional Organization of Women in Antigua and Barbuda; Medical Association of Antigua and Barbuda; Media Awareness Group; Christian Council of Antigua; Evangelical Association of Antigua and Barbuda; Bar Association of Antigua and Barbuda; Retirees Association of Antigua and Barbuda; League of Cooperatives of Antigua and Barbuda; Antigua and Barbuda Industry and Small Business Association; Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Antigua and Barbuda; National Youth Council of Antigua and Barbuda; Association of Persons with Disabilities in Antigua and Barbuda; Construction industry, and financial sector. Antigua Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Federation of Employers of Antigua and Barbuda; Association of Hotels and Tourism of Antigua; Professional Organization of Women in Antigua; Medical Association of Antigua and Barbuda; Media Awareness Group; Christian Council of Antigua; Evangelical Association of Antigua and Barbuda; Bar Association of Antigua and Barbuda; Association of Retired Persons; League of Cooperatives; Antigua and Barbuda Small Business and Industry Association; Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Antigua and Barbuda; National Youth Council; Association of Persons with Disabilities in Antigua and Barbuda; Construction Industry; Financial sector
 
Main authority devoted to social development

 

Country Antigua and Barbuda
Main authority Ministry of Social Transformation and Development of Human Resources
Year of creation n.d.
Mission To be responsible for community and social services, with emphasis on combating poverty, promoting equality and improving the quality of life of people.
Incumbent Samantha Marshall (2014)

 

 

 

Institutions protecting certain population segments
Official information not available
Population segment

Children and Adolescents

Youth/Young Adults

Older Persons

Persons with Disabilities

Women

Migrants

Main protection mechanism Ministerio de Educación, Deporte, Juventud y Asuntos de Género Ministry of Social Transformation and Human Resource Development Department of Immigration
Legal Instrument The Immigration and Passport Act (2014)

 

 

 

Technical-operational dimension
Management, planning, evaluation, and transparency tools for social programmes
Does not information



Main Social Protection Actor (Presence and Hierarchy)

Technical-operational dimension
Unique Registry of Participants Sistema Integrado de Administración Financiera /b Sectoral Plan for Social Development Transparence - system for accessing public information from the State

Integrated Social Information System

Evaluation mechanisms for social programs

General

Sectorial

General

Sectorial

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