On Saturday 21 May 2016 at the closing ceremony of the 2nd ICPCN Conference – Children’s Palliative Care …Now! held in Buenos Aires, ICPCN’s Chief Executive, Joan Marston, read the latest ICPCN statement of commitment. It reads as follows:
Commitment of Buenos Aires (May 2016)
We believe that all children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions have the right to receive quality palliative care provided by trained professionals and support workers, wherever they live in the world.
We are concerned about the large and unmet needs of children requiring palliative care, especially in low and middle-income countries where the need is greatest.
We call on all governments to implement the World Health Assembly Resolution 67.19 of May 2014 on Palliative Care to ensure equitable access to palliative care, which includes pain and symptom relief, psycho-social, emotional and spiritual support for neonates, infants, children and young people, and their families.
As palliative care practitioners and advocates we recognise that disparities exist within and between countries and services, but collectively we are a rich resource of knowledge and skills. We therefore commit to share all that we can, and to collaborate with the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, governments and other relevant groups to achieve our global vision of palliative care for all children who need it.
21st May 2016
Buenos Aires, Argentina