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Ibero-American meeting on rights of indigenous children

Who:  Indigenous adolescents from 17 Latin American countries and numerous international personalities, among them members of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

What:  Ibero-American Meeting on the Rights of Indigenous Children and Adolescents

When:  July 7th and 8th, 2005

Where:   Madrid, Spain
International Spanish Cooperation Agency (AECI)
Avda. Reyes Católicos, 4 Madrid

Why:  Indigenous children and adolescents suffer from the highest levels of exclusion and discrimination in Latin America. The Meeting seeks to bring attention to the violations of their rights, and ensure their participation in the search for solutions to the problem.

Some 80 indigenous adolescents from 17 Latin American countries will meet in Madrid for two days to discuss their rights and the situation they face in their countries.  The meeting is one of three civil society meetings that will contribute to the process of the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government and whose main goal will be to strengthen child rights on the political agendas of these states. The meeting is organized by the UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean with assistance from the International Spanish Cooperation Agency and the UNICEF National Committee in Spain.

The Inaugural Session and the Closing of the Meeting will be open to the media. On Thursday July 7th there will be a press conference at 10.30 a.m.

Interviews are available upon request.

For more information, reporters can contact:

Elena Crego, Director of Communication UNICEF Spain.
Email: ecrego@unicef.org tel. (34) 91 378 95 58

Belén Barbero, Press Officer UNICEF Spain.
Email: bbarbero@unicef.org Tel. (34) 91 378 95 58

María Blanco, Communications,
UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Email: mblanco@unicef.org Tel. (34)  666 48 68 18




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