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ERIC Number: ED475974
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Pages: 31
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Building a World Fit for Children: The United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children, 8-10 May, 2002.
United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.
The United Nations Special Session on Children in May, 2002, was a landmark for children and human developmentthe first Special Session of the General Assembly devoted exclusively to children and the first to include them as official delegates. Participants came together to assess the progress made toward achieving the goals of the 1990 World Summit for Children, to set far-reaching goals for the 21st century, and to devise a powerful strategy for achieving these global commitments. This report describes the Special Session for Children and summarizes the subsequent plan of action for improving the lives of children around the world. Following an introduction, the first section of the report describes the mission of the Special Session: to devise a plan of action that would bridge the gap between the promises and the achievements of the 1990 World Summit. The second section of the report describes the truly global nature of the Special Session, which brought together 69 world leaders; 190 delegations; more than 1,700 representatives from Non Governmental Organizations; 5 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates; an array of leaders from business, religions, the arts, academia, and civil society; and more than 600 children. The third section of the report then describes The Children's Forum, a "children only" exchange held 3 days prior to the Special Session. The fourth section summarizes the "meeting of the generations" at activities and roundtables comprising the Special Session. The fifth section highlights the more than 120 supporting eventsmeetings, panel discussions, symposiaheld in support of the Special Session. The sixth section then summarizes the resulting "World Fit For Children," a plan of action for promoting healthy lives, providing quality basic education, combating HIV/AIDS, and protecting children from abuse, exploitation, and violence. (HTH)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.