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Photo: Kurdish girl. Iraq, 1997. Copyright Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas
Photo: Kurdish girl. Iraq, 1997. Copyright Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas

This page is background information, last updated in May 2002 and still available for reference. For the latest on the Special Session on Children, please go to the Special Session index.

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World Summit: Follow-up actions

The World Summit Plan of Action set out a range of measures for follow-up actions and monitoring at the national and international levels which were considered crucial if commitments to goals and specific actions were to be fulfilled. These included the formulation of national and subnational plans of action; the re-examination of existing national and international programmes, policies and budgets to see how they could give higher priority to children; encouragement of families, communities, social and religious institutions, business and the mass media to support the goals of the Plan of Action; establishment of mechanisms for the regular and timely collection and publication of data to monitor indicators on the well-being of children; strengthening of arrangements for responding to natural disasters and man-made calamities; and efforts by government, industry and academic institutions aimed at technological breakthroughs, more effective social mobilization and better delivery of services to accelerate progress towards the Summit goals.

In the first 10 years of the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Committee on the Rights of the Child has urged States parties to adopt essentially the same set of measures, including, in addition, heightened advocacy and awareness, law reform and the establishment of independent offices to monitor, promote and protect children's rights.

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