We are the World's Children

Address at the opening of the UN General Assembly's Special Session on Children [8 May 2002] delivered by Gabriela Azurduy Arrieta from Bolivia and Audrey Chenynut from Monaco.

We are the world's children.
We are the victims of exploitation and abuse.
We are street children.
We are the children of war.
We are the victims and orphans of HIV/AIDS.
We are denied good-quality education and health care.
We are victims of political, economic, cultural, religious and environmental discrimination.
We are children whose voices are not being heard: it is time we are taken into account.
We want a world fit for children, because a world fit for us is a world fit for everyone.

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This was the opening part of their speech, the voices of children and young people. The words spoken in 2002. Where are we now in 2013? Have we achieved much?

A few posts which might interest you, just click on any:

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  3. The Right of a Child to Clean Drinking Water
  4. Child Rights, Participation and the Reality


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