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Dialogue with children top of agenda in Peru

UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy participates in the Dialogue for Children between the Public and Private Sectors in Lima-Peru.

LIMA, 22 May 2003 - Invited by Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy arrived today in Lima May 27, 2003, to participate in the Dialogue for Children between the Public and Private Sectors, a replica of the Global Dialogue of Special Session on Children in New York, held in May 2002.

The Dialogue for Children between the Public and Private Sectors, held this morning at the Peruvian Presidential Palace, opens a space for exchange and is the foundation for a Public- Private alliance, on behalf of the goals of the National Plan of Action for Children 2002-2010.

UNICEF´s Regional Director Per Engebak was an observer guest and UNICEF Peru Representative, Andres Franco moderated the Dialogue. At the end an agreement was signed between all partners committing themselves to promote and to work a mechanism together in favor of the goals established in the National Plan of Action for Children 2002-2010.

The agreement was signed by the 33 participants, including UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy, Prime Minister Luis Solari, Minister of Women and Social Development, Ana María Romero-Lozada, and, President of "Perú 2021"(the ethical business NGO) Enrique Agois. Bellamy thanked and congratulated Peru´s leadership on this initiative, that for the first time is carried outside the United Nations. She added, that the experience launched today could be replicated in other countries.

President Toledo, said that poverty has a child and woman's face. In order to change this it is necessary to go beyond partisanship and develop a strong leadership to implement a State policy in favor of children's goals.

Jorge Montoya, Procter and Gamble for Latin America CEO, Bruno Di Leo Allen, IBM General Manager for Latin America, Guillermo Valencia, Hotel Intercontinental–Cali Director for Peru Ecuador, were some of the foreign guests. José Miguel Morales Dasso, President of the Oil and Mining National Society, Andrés Von Wedermeyer, President of the Insurance and Banks National Association, and Per Tamm, Save the Children Alliance representative, Father Gastón Garatea, were also among the thirty three participants of the Dialogue´s table.

At the Dialogue Bruno Di Leo, IBM CEO said that social responsibility is not a philanthropic act. He proposed that the best practice be disseminated, creating synergies and using the managerial entrepreneurial knowhow in order to fulfill the rights of Peruvian children.

The National Announcers Association (ANDA) director, Jose Antonio Talledo, stated that the media is a powerful tool to communicate good as well as evil. He proposed a TV fit for all with family oriented programmes and schedules.

Luis Romero and Maria Tuesta, the teenagers present at the Dialogue advocated for the dissemination of Children rights. They emphatically said that they did not want to be passive protagonists. Romero as a democratically elected representative of all the children in the country proposed that they could organize and proposed a thousand meter of street walls with children rights written on them.

Social responsibility as a key issue will build a prosperous, peaceful, democratic, fare country, which will turn Peru in a country fit for children, said Enrique Agois. Jorge Montoya, pointed out that UNICEF should coordinate the parts involved.

After the Dialogue Bellamy held a private meeting with President Toledo, Prime Minister Solari and the ministers of the social areas. This evening a round table with over 50 local entrepreneurs will be carried out. The idea will be to review the main issues addressed in the morning.


 

 

 

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