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The State of the World's Children 2000

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The State of the World's Children 2000 seeks to fan the flame that burned so brilliantly a decade ago when world leaders adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. It summarizes the progress made over the last decade in meeting the goals established at the 1990 World Summit for Children and discusses four daunting obstacles to full human development: HIV/AIDS, armed conflict and violence, poverty and gender discrimination. The State of the World's Children 2000 offers compelling arguments about the power of early care for children, quality education, human rights for women and children and their development. Statistical data for 193 countries are also presented.

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Leadership in the best interests of the child

At the heart of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is the core value that policies be made, structures and processes be established and actions be taken that are, always and invariably, in the best interests of the child. There are many thousands of people around the world who have worked to support that principle. The names that follow are but a few of those people. Identified by UNICEF offices, the list includes a broad cross-section of advocates for children–community workers, medical personnel, grass-roots organizations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), religious leaders, writers, journalists, educators, lawyers, government officials and others.We print their names to acknowledge their contributions and also to indirectly acknowledge the many, many thousands more whose names we may never know but whose work on behalf of children continues to move us all towards a more just world.

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