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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

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

Click on "How is your country doing?" then select "Australia".

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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's_children.htm

Child prostitution, pornography and trafficking


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