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The United Nations Special Session On Children has taken place. Check the updated links on the left.

"Please 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
Executive Director
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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" We the Children..."  is included in MidLink Magazine's 2003 content

" We the Children..."  is affiliated with iEARN-Canada


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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