A WorldFit forChildren
“Together we will build a world inwhich all girls and boys can enjoychildhood—a time of play andlearning, in which they are loved,respected and cherished...”
:: UN Resolution S-27/2, May 2002 ::
“Children are at the heart of oneand every MillenniumDevelopment Goal, beginningwith the battle against poverty.”
:: Hilde F. Johnson, Minister of InternationalDevelopment, Norway ::
In 2002 the United Nations issued aMillennium Declaration,
setting out the hopesof member nations for a peaceful world with adecent standard of living for all.The Millennium Development goals are to:•Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger •Achieve universal primary education•Promote gender equality and empower women•Reduce child mortality•Improve maternal health•Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases•Ensure environmental sustainability•Develop a global partnership for development
TheConventionon the Rightsof the Child
The Convention on the Rights of the Child,
adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989, is aninternational human rights treaty that places childrenat the center of the quest for the universal applicationof human rights.The Convention is the most universally acceptedhuman rights instrument in history—it has beenratified by every country in the world except two:Somalia and the United States.The Convention spells out the basic human rightsthat children everywhere—without discrimination—have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest;to protection from harmful influences, abuse andexploitation; and to participate fully in family, culturaland social life.
“Life’s aspirations comein the guise of children.”
:: Rabindranath Tagore ::
In 2002 more than 7,000 people
participated in the Special Session of the UNGeneral Assembly on Children. The nations of theworld committed themselves to a series of goalsto improve the situation of children and youngpeople.Some 180 nations adopted the document,“A World Fit for Children.”The new agenda for—and with—the world's children,included 21 specific goals and targets for the next decade. The agenda focused on four key priorities:promoting healthy lives;• providing quality education for all;• protecting children against abuse, exploitation andviolence;•combating HIV/AIDS.The document called upon all of us to join in a globalmovement to build a world fit for children.