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UNICEF to celebrate 18th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Appointment of Ishmael Beah as UNICEF Ambassador

WHO:
• Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF Executive Director
• Ishmael Beah, former child soldier, youth activist and author of international bestseller, A Long Way Gone
• Savitri Goonesekere, co-author of Protecting the World’s Children

WHERE:
UNICEF, Danny Kaye Visitors Centre, Three UN Plaza, 44th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues

WHEN:
Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHY:
Eighteen years ago the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) was first ratified.  Today, the first generation of children to grow up under the protection of the CRC has reached adulthood.  To celebrate the 18th birthday of the CRC, UNICEF is announcing the appointment of Ishmael Beah as UNICEF Advocate for Children Affected by War. As a former child soldier, Ishmael has experienced first hand what it means for a child to have their rights denied. Savitri Goonesekere, an author of the book, Protecting the World’s Children will discuss the relevance of the CRC in different legal systems around the world.

* Also on 20 November, press are welcome to attend a roundtable discussion on Protecting the World’s Children:  Impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Diverse Legal Systems

WHO:
• Philip Alston - John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, NYU, and Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions
• Peter Rosenblum - Associate Professor and co-Director of the Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
• Savitri Goonesekere - Author of Protecting the World’s Children
• Rebeca Rios-Kohn - Author of Protecting the World’s Children
• Emilio Garcia Mendez - Author of Protecting the World’s Children
• Shaheen Sardar Ali - Author of Protecting the World’s Children

WHERE:
UNICEF, Labouisse Hall, Three UN Plaza, 44th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues

WHEN:
Tuesday, 20 November 2007, 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m

WHAT:
A roundtable discussion following the launch of the UNICEF - Cambridge University Press publication, Protecting the World’s Children:  Impact of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Diverse Legal Systems.

Attn. broadcasters:  Video footage is available free of charge at www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef

For further information, please contact:
Geoffrey Keele, UNICEF New York, Tel + 212-326-7583, Email; gkeele@unicef.org
Saira Khan, UNICEF New York, Tel + 212-326-7224, Email; sskhan@unicef.org


 

 

 

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