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DEVELOPMENT REPORT - United Nations Special Session on Children

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31 Jul 2001, 17:23 UTC

This is the VOA Special English Development Report.

The United Nations General Assembly will hold a special session on children beginning September Nineteenth. The meeting will bring together government leaders, child activists, non-government organizations and many young people. The three-day gathering will give officials a valuable chance to change how the world thinks about children.

Eleven years ago, the U-N held a similar meeting called the "World Summit for Children." During that conference, seventy-one heads of state and government signed a treaty aimed at improving the lives of children around the world. Efforts to reach the goals established in that treaty have made the rights of children an important issue.

The U-N agency for children, UNICEF, is supporting the special session. Officials are expected to produce a plan of action to guarantee that three important goals are reached. The goals are the best possible start in life for all children, a good education for all children and the chance for all children to become an important part of their communities. The session will also examine progress made since the Nineteen-Ninety World Summit for Children.

Former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela is working toward these goals. He is joined by his wife Graca Machel who is an activist for children. They are calling on community, business and government leaders to form an international movement aimed at improving the world for young people.

The movement is hoping to build international support for a public campaign to help children. Several world leaders have joined the movement. They include South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung and Queen Rania of Jordan. Movie stars, professional sports teams, and the creators of children's television programs and books also have joined the movement.

The group's public campaign lists ten ways to improve the lives of young people. These include educating children, protecting them from war and fighting the disease AIDS. UNICEF officials say the goal of the movement is for people around the world to get involved, take action and work for change. They say that for every child who comes into the world, the hopes and dreams of the human race are reborn.

This VOA Special English Development Report was written by Jill Moss.

网友的学习评论(4条):
作者:lvjiaying1984
In China, especially the western part of the country, the children there are leading a poor life dominated by hunger, malnutrition and poor education. They haven't enough food to eat and even if they have food to eat, the food cannot provide with sufficient nutrition, so many children there suffer from a lot of illnesses result from poor nutrition.
作者:lvjiaying1984
And as for education, they don't have good classrooms where the teachers can give lessons, don't have dormitories where they can sleep well for the next day's learning. Few of the college graduates like to go there to provide them with good education because of the poor conditions in the western part of the country. Many of the teachers there haven't got enough knowledge about how to well educate the learners in the classroom.
作者:lvjiaying1984
It is not easy to change the situation in the western part of the country where there is not enough land for farming which can provide them with crops which can provide food and extra money which can better their lives. And now the China's policy is to firstly develop the eastern part of the country where there is enough land for farming and other land where it can make developing economy easier.
作者:lvjiaying1984
And once the eastern part has developed, China can give the money to the western part of the country where the circumstance is harsh.
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