The United Nations Special Session on Children was held in New York City on 8-10 May 2002.
More than 7,000 people participated in the most important international conference on children in more than a decade, the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children, at which the nations of the world committed themselves to a series of goals to improve the situation of children and young people.
For information on the outcomes from the Special Session, visit http://www.unicef.org/specialsession/index.html
Participating countries were asked to prepare a national review. Australia's National Review was submitted to UNICEF in March 2001.
You can read it at http://www.unicef.org/specialsession/followup_npa/index.html
Click on "How is your country doing?" then select "Australia".
Human Rights Commissioner Sev Ozdowski, participated in the Special Session. He consulted with children's and youth non-government organisations and Children's Commissioners in advance of the Special Session. Consultations were held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide, Canberra and Broome.
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For more information on children's rights
Convention on the Rights of the Child - background and guide
Children's rights in Australia
National Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention
Convention on the Rights of the Child text
ILO Convention on Child Labour
Optional Protocols to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Tomorrow's Children: Australia's National Plan of Action Against the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Child prostitution, pornography and trafficking