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use your freedom to promote ours."
-Aung San Suu Kyi, Burmese Democracy Leader and Nobel Peace Laureate
"Ensuring the rights and well-being of children is the key to sustained development in
every country and to peace and security in the world. Meeting this responsibility fully,
consistently, and at any cost, is the essence of leadership. Yet, commitment and
action are required across the board. Not just from governments and organizations. But
also from community activists and entrepreneurs, from artists and scientists, from
religious leaders and journalists and FROM CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS THEMSELVES."
- Carol Bellamy
United Children's Fund
Your class just received a special invitation from Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director
of the United Nations Children's Fund. Ms Bellamy has invited four members of your class
to travel to New York City in May of 2002 to join with government leaders and Heads of
State, NGOs, children's advocates as they re-evaluate the success of the 1989 Convention
on the Rights of the Child. These four students role at this conference will be to
communicate to the United Nations how well the intentions of the 1989 Action Plan for
Children has been carried out among the students in your country, city and school.
You have been one of the four lucky students to be chosen to speak on behalf of the young
people of the world. To prepare for the Meeting With the United Nations in New York you
will research the meaning and intent of the 1989 Action Plan for Children, evaluate its
success and make recommendations for the Meeting in New York. You will prepare a report to
read at the United Nations Meeting in May, 2002.
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|As Leaders Look
Ahead To The Future, They Must Not Overlook Those Who Will Create It.
In 1989 the World held a Summit that focused on the rights of the world's Children. World
leaders promised to create a world fit for children. Seventy one Heads of State and
Government and other leaders signed the World Declaration on Survival, Protection and
Development of Children and adopted a Plan of Action to achieve a set of precise,
time-bound goals. The United Nations
General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This spelled out
the rights of all children, from health, to education, to an adequate standard of living,
to leisure and play, to protection from exploitation, to express their own opinions...and
many more. All children have these rights.
There has been much discussion about how successful countries have been at implementing
the goals set down in 1990.On May 8-10,2002 government leaders and Heads of State, NGOs,
children's advocates and young people themselves will gather in New York City to
re-evaluate the success of their 1990 goals. The gathering will present a great
opportunity to change the way the world views and treats children. Not only will they
examine if countries have attempted to implement the forty-one statutes of the Rights of
Children, they will examine if institutions closer to the children such as families,
schools and even personal friendships are meeting up to the standard set in 1990.
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