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9 - 15 May 2002
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DURING THE opening of the UN Special Session on Children yesterday Mrs Suzanne Mubarak addressed the delegations of 190 countries, among whom were 85 heads of state.
Mrs Mubarak, as head of the Egyptian delegation, submitted the Document on African Children outlining the actions necessary to alleviate the problems faced by the continent's young.
She called on those present "to stem the bloodshed in the occupied Palestinian territories and to strive for peaceful and just solutions" in order "to provide a safe life for children regardless of their affiliations or nationalities,"
There is a danger that the Palestinian tragedy, Mrs Mubarak insisted, "will extend to include the children of the region and of the world without any distinction. What took place sows the seeds of fear and hatred in the hearts of innocent children on both sides."
Summarising the history of the local contribution to the field of children's rights in the last decade, Mrs Mubarak described Egypt as belonging to both the Arab world and the African continent.
"The African continent," she said, "represents the world's greatest developmental challenge. Despite the significant number of achievements already made, Africa's children remain the world's most deprived. The fact was ably expressed by Africa's children themselves in Cairo and today I am conveying their voice to the international community, calling upon it to renew its commitment to the translation of their aspirations and dreams into reality and to ensure a future which does not marginalise their experience. The time has come to heed their call. The world can no longer afford to ignore the children of Africa."
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