The State of the World's Children 2000

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In a single generation

The principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child provide the world with a vision of what the 21st century could bring-children and adolescents living in stable and nurturing homes and communities where, with adult guidance and protection, they have ample opportunities to develop the fulness of their strengths and talents and where their human rights are respected.

With this guiding vision, much can be done to break the intergenerational patterns of poverty, war, HIV/AIDS and discrimination that are robbing children of their rights and stripping countries of their progress. Significant work continues to be done within and across nations: The global efforts of UNAIDS, for instance, to prevent the transmission of HIV at the same time as it works towards mitigating the consequences of this apocalyptic pandemic. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has taken particular care in addressing the rights and needs of refugee children and adolescents as it leads the coordinated response to emergencies, with partners such as UNICEF and the World Food Programme. And in the last half of this decade, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank worked together, as they have since 1944, to contain the Asian financial crisis, to assist the Russian Federation in its economic transitions and to reduce the debts carried by the majority of the poor countries in the world.    
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A mother talks to her baby son while they wait at a neighbourhood health clinic in Shanghai (China).

Success will depend as it always has on political commitment and additional resources at all levels. And success will also depend on the visionary leaders who will meet in 2001, ready to move forward with urgency and passion, determined to make lives better for children within the next generation.

 
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