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13 December 2007
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York
Sixty-second General Assembly
Meetings (AM & PM)
GENERAL ASSEMBLY URGES STEPPED UP EFFORT TO MEET ‘WORLD FIT FOR CHILDREN’ PLEDGES,
AS HIGH-LEVEL REVIEW OF 2002 SPECIAL SESSION CONCLUDES AT HEADQUARTERS
Assembly President: ‘Best Advocates for Children are the Children Themselves’;
Kenyan Youth Says Meeting ‘Our Final Chance to Urge You to Keep Your Promises’
Aware of the intractable challenges of poverty, exploitation and terrorism facing children today – yet confident in their collective resolve to build a bright future for them -– delegations in the General Assembly this afternoon pledged to realize promises for a safer world for young people by scaling up their efforts through resource allocation and political action, increased cooperation, and more focused partnerships with the media and private sector.
RIYAD MANSOUR, Permanent Observer for
, said that children all over the world awaited the fulfilment of the pledges made to protect, care and promote a brighter future for them. Unfortunately, in the case of war and occupation, a wide gap remained between international legal standards and the actual safeguarding of children’s rights. Serious violations and war crimes committed against children must become a priority issue, since they had a detrimental impact on prospects for future peace and development. Ending impunity for violations against children was paramount, as was rehabilitation to allow them to contribute to the advancement of their nations.
He said that four decades of hardship, pressure and fear had left a mark on the children who made up over half the population in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. Nearly 1,000 had been killed by the occupying forces since 2000, and most continued to suffer from inhumane detention, displacement, denial of humanitarian access, and a host of other ills. He hoped current diplomatic efforts would bring peace closer, but the rights and needs of children living amidst armed conflict must also not be ignored. For that reason, the Palestinian Authority had enacted a children’s rights law, and had worked on the issue with United Nations agencies. The international community, however, also had a responsibility to act to protect the rights of Palestinian children, in tandem with the struggle to end the conflict and occupation.
Action on Draft
The Assembly then adopted the resolution (document A/62/L.31) by consensus.
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