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Boutros Boutros-Ghali
Secretary-General of the United Nations

I welcome The Progress of Nations 1995 as a contribution to the cause of social development. This valuable publication records the practical progress being made by many States toward the goals that were established at the World Summit for Children, held at the United Nations in September, 1990. These impressive achievements are in large part the result of the commitments made on that occasion, and the subsequent sustained cooperation between Member States and the United Nations. In providing a detailed account of the deeds that have followed words, these pages provide an effective response to those who rightly ask for practical results from the convening of conferences and the setting of goals. They also show an aspect of the developing world and of the work of the United Nations which both needs and deserves wider acknowledgement.