A World Fit for Children + 5
10th December 2007: In May of 2002, the United Nations General Assembly held its first Special Session devoted entirely to children, where assembled world leaders made a solemn commitment to protect and promote children’s rights and promised to create a World Fit for Children .
Now five years later, the UN General Assembly meets again to review progress toward achieving the goal for children in another Special Session called World Fit for Children + 5 (WFFC+5), to be held from 11th to 13th December 2007.
From 9th Sunday onwards children have effectively “taken over” the United Nations in New York with a two-day Children’s Forum being held on 9th and 10th December.
The Forum consists of 20 children selected from around the world through a consultative process to attend the General Assembly as well as all the children and young people who are part of the delegations from Member States.
Participating children will choose one boy and one girl to speak at the closing session of the plenary. In order to generate an interactive discussion, children will also prepare their perspectives and issues to be raised at the round-tables.
In addition, children attending the Children’s Forum will participate in an inter-generational dialogue with “elders” via satellite on 10th December, 2007. Anotherintergenerational dialogue with Heads of Delegations is scheduled on 11 December 2007.
Also scheduled on the 10th of December is the launch of UNICEF’s flagship “Progress for Children” report, a statistical review of progress towards the goals of the WFFC. This publication will be simultaneously released all around the globe by UNICEF and its partners.
On 11, 12 and 13 December the commemorative high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly and the Roundtable discussions will take place. The two Roundtables are expected to cover the four outcome areas of the WFFC Plan of Action: Promoting healthy lives and Combating HIV/AIDS and Providing Quality Education and Protecting against abuse, exploitation and violence.
The cross-cutting themes for both the roundtables would include: ensuring child participation, mobilizing resources, children and climate change, child-friendly policies and legislation, and gender equality.
During the three-day meeting, the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will also release his report on progress towards the goals of “A World Fit for Children”.
On the side-lines of this gala children’s festival at the UN, there will be numerous interesting events such as a meeting of global networks of children’s ombudspersons; NGO events during lunchtime every day, informal dialogues with heads of government delegations and heads of UN agencies; panel discussions and media briefings.
The Special Session on WFFC+ 5 will end with a grand party for all on the evening of Wednesday 13th December.