Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 11, Children, youth and ageing persons
In 2004, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) continued to work with diverse partners to ensure that children worldwide were given the best start in life—immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases; accurate information about HIV/AIDS prevention; a quality primary school education; and protection from harm, abuse, violence and discrimination, including during times of war and in emergencies. Significant progress was made towards mainstreaming children's priorities into national policy. At least 170 of the 190 countries that had adopted “A world fit for children”—the outcome document of the General Assembly's twenty-seventh (2002) special session on children—had taken action on or planned to initiate policies to put the goals of the session into action, and some 105 countries had incorporated those commitments into poverty-reduction strategies, national development plans or sector plans. In February, the General Assembly decided to hold a commemorative plenary meeting in 2007 to chart further progress. UNICEF continued work on its five organizational priorities for 2002-2005: girls' education; fighting HIV/AIDS; integrated early childhood development; immunization “plus”; and improved protection of children from violence, exploitation, abuse and discrimination. United Nations policies and programmes on youth continued to focus on efforts to implement the 1995 World Programme of Action for Youth to the Year 2002 and Beyond. In December, the General Assembly decided to hold two follow-up plenary meetings at its sixtieth (2005) session to evaluate progress in implementation, which would be preceded by an interactive round table. The third meeting of the High-level Panel of the Youth Employment Network focused on promoting development and financing of youth employment in national action plans prior to the five-year review of the Millennium Development Goals in 2005. In 2004, United Nations efforts to implement the 2002 Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing continued through the road map drafted in 2003, and in his report on progress, the Secretary-General called for greater efforts to link ageing to development policy.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2004. v. 58; Vol. 58
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