Yearbook of the United Nations, 2000. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 11, Children, youth and ageing persons
In 2000, the United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF) continued efforts to improve the situation of children worldwide, especially through advocacy and alliance-building activities and programmes aimed at confronting major challenges affecting children's well-being, including poverty, armed conflict, HIV/AIDS and discrimination. UNICEF continued to focus on follow-up to the 1990 World Summit for Children, which set comprehensive goals for child survival and development. During the year, national, regional and global end-decade reviews were prepared for the special session of the General Assembly in 2001 to assess progress towards World Summit goals and consider future action. Following the first substantive meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the special session (May/June), the Assembly, in November, decided that the special session would be convened from 19 to 21 September 2001. UNICEF efforts towards child protection were supported in 2000 by the Security Council and the General Assembly. The Council adopted are solution on the impact of armed conflict on children (see p. 723), by which it called for all parties to abide by commitments made to ensure the protection of children in situations of armed conflict, as well as for the disarmament and demobilization of child soldiers. The Assembly adopted two optional protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, on the involvement of children in armed conflict, and on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography(see p. 615). The Commission on Human Rights and the Assembly also took action to protect children’s rights, including meeting the needs of the girl child (see pp. 714 and 1114 respectively). United Nations activities concerning young people continued to focus on accelerating implementation of the 1995 World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2000 and Beyond, based on the results of two high-level global meetings convened in Portugal in 1998: the first World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth, which adopted the Lisbon Declaration on Youth Policies and Programmes, and the third session of the World Youth Forum of the United Nations System, which approved the Braga Youth Action Plan. As follow-up to the 1999 International Year of Older Persons, the General Assembly decided to convene the Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid, Spain, in April 2002, on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the first World Assembly (Vienna, 1982), which had adopted the International Plan of Action on Ageing. The Second World Assembly was expected to adopt a revised Plan of Action and a new long-term strategy on ageing.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2000. v. 54; Vol. 54
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