The State of the World's Children 2000

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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 values 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. Indentified by UNICEF offices, the list includes a broad cross-section of advocates for children - community workers, medical personnel, grass-roots organizations, non-governmental 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.

 
AFGHANISTAN
Co-operation Centre for Afghanistan

NGO that promotes human rights and reports on human rights abuses.
LEBANON
Nayla Moawad

President, Parliamentary Committee on the Rights of the Child, and René Moawad Foundation
ARGENTINA
Estela B. de Carlotto

President, Asociación de Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo
MALAYSIA
Raj Binte Abdul Karim

Director-General, National Population and Family Development Board
AUSTRALIA
Justice Marcus Einfeld

Special Representative for UNICEF Australia
MALI
Général Amadou Toumani Touré

Founder, Fondation pour l'enfance
AUSTRIA
Prof. Clemens von Pirquet, M.D. (1874-1929)

Secretary-General, International Union for Youth Welfare to the League of Nations
MEXICO
Libertad Hernandez (1947-1998)

Director, women's programme in Veracruz
AZERBAIJAN
Hadi Recebli

Head, Social Legislation Department, National Assembly
MOZAMBIQUE
Graça Machel

United Nations Secretary-General's expert on children in armed conflict
BENIN
Monsignor Isidore de Souza (1934-1999)

Archbishop of Cotonou, founding member and honorary President, Institute of Human Rights and Promotion of Democracy of Benin
NEPAL
Gauri Pradhan

Founder, Child Workers in Nepal
BOLIVIA
Ana María Romero de Campero

Journalist and Bolivia's current People's Defender
NIGERIA
Irene Thomas, M.D.

President, Inter-African Committee on Female Genital Mutilation
BRAZIL
Herbert de Souza (Betinho) (1935-1997)

Involved in the design and launch of the coalition, Pact for Children
PAKISTAN
Hakim Mohammed Said (1920-1998)

Established various institutions for children
BULGARIA
Elena Kostova

President, Future of Bulgaria Foundation
PANAMA
Dora Boyd de Pérez Balladares

Founder, Pacto por la Niñez Panameña
CAMBODIA
Mom Thany

Affiliated with the NGO Redd Barna, built an NGO network in Cambodia
PHILIPPINES
Feny de los Angeles-Bautista

Executive Director, Philippine Children's Television Foundation
CANADA
Denise Avard

Former Executive Director, Canadian Institute of Child Health
POLAND
Prof. Adam Lopatka

President, Working Group on the Convention on the Rights of the Child
COLOMBIA
Children's Movement for Peace

Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
ROMANIA
Dragos Serafim, M.D.

President, Romanian Association for Child Rights
CONGO
Thérèse Françoise Engambé

Chief, Projet Plaidoyer pour l'application de la Convention relative aux droits de l'enfant
SENEGAL
Doudou Camara (1941-1998)

Author of Approche culturelle pour la promotion des droits de l'enfant and Droits de l'enfant: Contes et légendes du Sénégal
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Emery Mpwate Munfe

President, Union de la Jeunesse protestante, National Director, Church of Christ Youth
SINGAPORE
Lim Eng Seng

Director, Rehabilitation and Protection Division, Ministry of Community Development
DENMARK
Peter Sabroe (1867-1913)

Member of Parliament, journalist and editor
SOMALIA
Elman Ali Ahmed (1954-1996)

Founder, Elman School in Mogadishu
EGYPT
Justice Mohammed Abdel Aziz ElGuindy

Former Attorney-General of Egypt, Co-organizer, Alexandria International Conference on the CRC, 1988
SOUTH AFRICA
Nelson Mandela

Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Founder, Nelson Mandela Children's Fund
FIJI
Justice Nazhat Shameem

Former Chair of Fiji's Children's Coordinating Committee
SRI LANKA
Prof. Savitri Goonesekere

Vice Chancellor, University of Colombo
GAMBIA
Amie Joof Cole

Secretary-General, West African Women's Association
SWEDEN
Thomas Hammarberg

United Nation's Secretary-General's Special Representative for Human Rights in Cambodia
GERMANY
Reinald Eichholz

First ombudsperson for children for the state of North-Rhine-Westphalia
SYRIA
Hussein Hassun

Minister of Justice, active in juvenile law and justice
GREECE
Antonis Samarakis

Writer, UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador
THAILAND
Anand Panyarachun

UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador
GUINEA
Hadja Mariama Diabate

The 'national mother' for orphaned, abandoned and underprivileged children
UKRAINE
Natalia Petrova

Head, All-Ukrainian Committee on Children's Rights Protection (NGO)
INDIA
Tara Ali Baig (1916-1989)

Social reformer, writer, first Asian woman President of the International Union for Child Welfare in Geneva
UNITED KINGDOM
Nigel Cantwell

Coordinator of the NGOs that participated in drafting the CRC
INDONESIA
Nafsiah Mboi, M.D.

Secretary-General, National Commission for the Protection of Children (NGO)
UNITED STATES
James P. Grant

Executive Director, UNICEF
JAMAICA
Marjorie Taylor

Special Envoy for Children, former Minister of State for Children's Issues
VENEZUELA
Comité Juntos por una Nueva Ley

Coalition of NGOs that promote child rights
JAPAN
Toyohiko Kagawa (1888-1960)

Member, National Council on Child Welfare, inspired government and social action to promote child rights
YEMEN
Nageeba M. Haddad

'Director-General of children's culture', Ministry of Culture, writer
KENYA
Justice Effie Owuor

Chair, Task Force on child law reform, UNICEF National Goodwill Ambassador.
ZIMBABWE
Jarios Jiri (1921-1982)

Founder, Jarios Jiri Association for Disabled Children
 

 
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