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The people of the world say 'Yes' for children

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Samuel Gonzalez, 7, and his brother, Daniel, 9, pledge their support for 'Say Yes for Children.'

There is resounding support for efforts to realize children's rights. In just over one year, from April 2001 until May 2002, some 95 million people in more than 190 countries pledged their support for the Say Yes for Children campaign, and endorsed 10 imperatives for children: Leave No Child Out; Put Children First; Care for Every Child; Fight HIV/AIDS; Stop Harming and Exploiting Children; Listen to Children; Educate Every Child; Protect Children from War; Protect the Earth for Children; Fight Poverty. The pledges were tallied and the total presented to the UN General Assembly Special Session in May 2002 by former South African President and renowned humanitarian Nelson Mandela.

This Say Yes for Children campaign was promoted by the Global Movement for Children. It was the world's largest petition ever, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.



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