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Source: Department of Public Information (DPI)
12 December 2007

General Assembly
GA/10674

            Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Sixty-second General Assembly
Plenary
69th, 70th & 71st Meetings (AM, PM & Night)


SPEAKERS CALL FOR POLITICAL WILL, STRONG PARTNERSHIPS, SMART INVESTMENT TO BUILD

BETTER WORLD FOR CHILDREN, AS GENERAL ASSEMBLY’S HIGH-LEVEL SESSION CONTINUES

Also Stress That, despite Progress in Target Areas of 2002 Action Plan,
Millions of Children Remain Victims of Hunger, Violence, HIV/AIDS, Exploitation


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Background

The General Assembly met today to continue its high-level plenary on the follow-up to the outcome of the 2002 special session on children.  (For background, see Press Release GA/10672 of 11 December.)

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Statements

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YITZHAK KADMAN, Executive Director, National Council for the Child of Israel, ...

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In the conflict in its region, Israeli and Palestinian children had suffered unjustly, he went on.  It was the obligation of all parties to that conflict to respect the rights of children and adhere to the rule of law.  The life of every child, no matter his or her nationality, was precious.  It was the responsibility of the nations of the region to ensure that they had a prosperous, safe and nurturing present and future.  There was no interest of higher importance.  The protection of children was a cause that could bring those countries together and heal the rifts in the region.  In an example of how the welfare of children crossed political boundaries, three Israeli doctors recently travelled to Jordan on behalf of Save a Child’s Heart –- an Israeli humanitarian organization –- to treat Iraqi children.  That organization had treated more than 1,700 children, including many Arabs, Palestinians, Jordanians and Iraqis.

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SIRA ASTOUR, Chairperson of the Family Commission of Syria, ...

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Regarding Syrian children living under Israeli occupation, there were special concerns, including landmines, the removal of Syrian syllabi in occupied Golan schools, and access by humanitarian organizations to children in this area.  In addition, the massive influx of Iraqi refugees was a concern, including the thousands of child refugees.  Syria had done its best to integrate Iraqi child refugees into schools to provide them with an education.  In total, there were almost 1 million child refugees, including Palestinian children, and that was an issue that must be addressed.

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KHALAF BU DHAIR ( Kuwait) ...

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Although his country’s accomplishments were great, he said its aspirations were greater.  Kuwait would endeavour to provide the right environment for a world fit for children in every social and educational field and by providing health care and education.  It would also aid the family.  In addition, it would extend those efforts to those in need in other countries, he added.  That included providing clothing to Palestinian children in the West Bank, and, in the next week, Kuwait would present thousands of food items to the poor and needy among the Palestinian people.

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MAJDI RAMADAN, Counsellor of Lebanon, ...

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The General Assembly had played a leading role in creating an Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children, based on the in-depth study of Professor Paulo Sergio Pinhero, and Lebanon supported the study’s conclusions.  On children’s protection, he said threats to children’s right to life were the ultimate form of violence against them, and they must be protected from the horrors of armed conflict. On children’s participation, he said, in 1996, Lebanon had established the first children’s parliament.  Initiatives to integrate children’s rights into school curricula had been established; however their impact had not yet been assessed.  The biggest risk to children’s lives in south Lebanon was from unexploded ordnances, which would take months to clear.   Lebanon condemned the killing of children from all races and nationalities, whether Arab or Israeli, and looked forward to a day when children –- whether from Lebanon, Palestine or Israel -- could live together in peace.

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GIADALLA A. ETTALHI ( Libya) ...

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He expressed grave concern over children who were under the yoke of an occupation, mentioning particularly the suffering of the children of the Occupied Palestinian Territories.  In light of that, he highlighted the suffering of child prisoners in Israeli prisons.  ...

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