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UN Special Session on Children

NEWSCRINMAIL 941: Special Edition on the event 13 December 2007

EVENT: Special Session +5 event on 11 - 13 December 2007

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The Special Session on Children took place in New York in May 2002 and was an unprecedented meeting of the UN General Assembly dedicated to the children and adolescents of the world.

It brought together government leaders, heads of state, NGOs, children’s advocates and young people. The meeting, dedicated to children and young people and their needs, was seeking to realise the goals set at the World Summit for Children in 1990, and to move children’s rights up the world agenda. It reviewed progress made since the World Summit and made a renewed commitment and pledge for specific actions in the coming decade.

The Special Session produced a global agenda for children and young people containing goals and action plans to ensure the best possible start in life for children; a good-quality basic education for children; and the opportunities for all children, especially young people, for meaningful participation in their countries. This document was called 'A World Fit for Children'.

The document's Declaration commits leaders to completing the unfinished agenda of the 1990 World Summit for Children, and to achieving other goals and objectives, in particular those of the UN Millennium Declaration. It reaffirms leaders' obligation to promote and protect the rights of each child, acknowledging the legal standards set by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocols. All of society is called upon to join a global movement to build a world fit for children, based on a 10-point rallying call that also formed the core of the Say Yes for Children campaign.

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