Magazine article New Internationalist

UNICEF's State of the World's Children 1996: A Ten-Point Agenda for Children

Magazine article New Internationalist

UNICEF's State of the World's Children 1996: A Ten-Point Agenda for Children

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THE latest report from UNICEF announces a ten-point, action-oriented anti-war agenda with concrete measures to reduce the impact of war on children.

'Wars are not going to disappear but we can at least mitigate their effects and ensure that they do not target children,' explains Carol Bellamy, the UNICEF Executive Director. 'To that end, this anti-war agenda sets out a series of steps that we believe to be both realistic and effective and that would dramatically improve the well-being of children in situations of conflict.'

In particular, the agenda includes a call for a universal ban on the production, stockpiling, sale, export and use of anti-personnel landmines and commits UNICEF to a boycott of any company involved in the manufacture or sale of landmines.

It also calls for a 'child impact assessment' prior to the application of any sanctions and breaks new ground by insisting that the concept of children as 'zones of peace' should be elevated to a tenet of international law. Children as zones of peace involved the establishment of geographical zones or time periods within which children can be protected from harm and provided with the essential services to ensure their survival and well-being in the midst of conflict. …

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