Academic journal article Childhood Education

Perspective from the United Nations and New York City. (Advocacy in Action)

Academic journal article Childhood Education

Perspective from the United Nations and New York City. (Advocacy in Action)

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Upon word that the World Trade Center and the Pentagon had been viciously attacked by terrorists, the United Nations was immediately evacuated and the Special Session for Children was indefinitely postponed. Worldwide media broadcast the images of horror and despair. Thousands of children lost their parents, and for many families life will never be the same. For days, the air in New York City smelled like burnt metal, rubber, and flesh. Schools, businesses, and theaters closed. Transportation stopped and phone communication was limited.

This unexpected and unspeakable tragedy in New York and Washington resulted in a dramatic and magnificent display of camaraderie and compassion. The renewed energy of the police, firefighters, politicians, and all citizens was remarkable and indeed heroic. New York City mobilized like it never had before.

Members of ACEI and all people of good will were thrilled when the United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, received the Nobel Peace Prize. Terrorism did not diminish the greatness of this tribute, but rather served as a reminder of our responsibility to make the world a better place. As an international educational organization, we are aware that, more than ever, the "I" in ACEI needs to be emphasized and activated. …

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