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


Resource documents from the booklet 'A World Fit for Children'

The following documents are the commitments that were part of the Special Session on Children, recently published by UNICEF in a booklet.

  • the Millennium Development Goals, earlier pledged to by 189 United Nations Member States;
  • the Children's Statement, 'A World Fit for Us', delivered at the opening plenary of the Special Session by two young delegates;
  • 'A World Fit for Children', the consensus outcome document of the General Assembly, with goals and targets to be met;
  • the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified, acceded to or signed by 192 countries in the 12 years since it was first ratified, and the two Optional Protocols to the Convention.

Together, these documents constitute an essential guidebook for all those working to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the world. In fact, they could well serve as a resource text for all those working for peace and security, as children are at the heart of those efforts, too.

This small book contains the promises of world leaders who have set themselves an agenda that is at once both visionary and concrete, to better the lives of children and young people.

What must now follow their words are their actions - for the future of humanity depends on them.

A World Fit for Children (PDF, 236 KB)

(The outcome document 'A World Fit for Children' is also available separately in PDF format)

Special Session home: World leaders 'Say Yes' for children
'A World Fit for Children'
Special Session highlights
Supporting events
Voices of the Special Session
Child and adolescent participation
NGO participation
Follow-up: CRC - A cornerstone
Follow-up: National Plans of Action
Follow-up: Global Movement for Children
Documentation and links
Background information