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The State of the World's Children 2003 -12 January 2011

Each generation is faced with new challenges – listening for and to the views of children is one of ours. This year, The State of the World’s Children focuses on the responsibility of adults to seek out the perspectives and opinions of children and to take them seriously; and on the responsibility of adults to help children and adolescents develop their competencies for authentic and meaningful participation in the world.

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The Statment of the World's Children 2007 -12 January 2011

Gender equality is central to realizing the Millennium agenda, which risks failure without the full participation of all members of society. Within the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals, and at the heart of the United Nations itself, is the acknowledgement that the vulnerable, especially children, require special care and attention. Gender equality will not only empower women to overcome poverty, but also their children, families, communities and countries. When seen in this light, gender quality is not only morally right – it is pivotal to human progress and sustainable development.

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The White Book of our Future -11 January 2011

The White Book of our Future is an educational initiative launched by UNESCO and P.A.U. Education, which has already been implemented in Mali and Honduras. The project is currently being carried out by P.A.U. Education and coordinated locally by Caritas in Egypt. It aims to encourage street children to express their thoughts regarding the issues which surround them and to reflect on their future. The White Book of our Future hopes to encourage children to express themselves and to raise their awareness of their own skills. It also seeks to foster in-depth debate in society regarding the plight of these children so that it decides to consider their right to participate fully in it.

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Violence against Children- What do NGOs know? What do NGOs say? -11 January 2011

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) sets a unique framework to address violence against children. Article 3 establishes that “in all actions concerning children, (...) the best interests of the child shall be a primary consideration”. While taking into account the rights and duties of any individual legally responsible for the child, States Parties undertake to ensure the child such protection and care as is necessary for his or her well-being.

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