|13th Director of the Peace Corps|
|Preceded by||Elaine Chao|
|Succeeded by||Mark Gearan|
|New York City Council President|
January 1, 1978 â€“ December 31, 1985
|Preceded by||Paul O’Dwyer|
|Succeeded by||Andrew Stein|
|Member of the New York City Council from the 25th District|
|Preceded by||Paul P. E. Bookson|
|Succeeded by||Martin Connor|
|Member of the New York City Council from the 23th District|
|Preceded by||John J. Marchi|
|Succeeded by||Vander L. Beatty|
|Born||January 14, 1942|
And each of us can practice rights ourselves, treating each other without discrimination, respecting each other's dignity and rights.
New legislation has just been adopted by the International Labour Organization on the Worst Forms of Child Labor, such as bonded labour, prostitution and hazardous work.
We must ensure that while eliminating child labor in the export industry, we are also eliminating their labour from the informal sector, which is more invisible to public scrutiny – and thus leaves the children more open to abuse and exploitation.
Here once again education is crucial, it enables children to be become more aware of their rights and to exercise them in a respectful manner which helps them shape their own future.
UNICEF has repeatedly called on governments to ensure basic services for children and this includes providing food where the need exists.
In working with UNICEF our corporate partners have demonstrated time and again that their financial resources, leadership and expertise can bring about real and lasting benefits for the world's children.
In choosing global corporate partners UNICEF emphasises compatibility with our core values and looks to build alliances that advance our mission of ensuring the health, education, equality and protection for all the world's children.
The dream of the Convention was born from the that children and their needs were not been considered when policies were being made, laws passed or actions undertaken.
Thus the Convention is unequivocal in its call for children to be consulted, to have their opinions heard and to have their best interests considered when law and policies are being drafted.
It's estimated that there may be two hundred and fifty million children in the world engaged in some form of exploitative child labour.
And most importantly perhaps, children can learn about their rights, share their knowledge with the children of other nations, identify problems with them and establish how they might work together to address them.
Instant telecommunication allows better and updated information, lessons learnt and problems encountered to be exchanged and debated, it alerts us more quickly to problems and brings to many households around the world visions and information which hopefully spur us to action.
The real solution is to improve the incomes of the poor and provide their children with decent education.
Northern Uganda presents a situation of extraordinary violation of the rights of children.
Corporate partners help UNICEF fund our programmes for children, advocate with us on their behalf, or facilitate our work through logistical, technical, research or supply support.
By ratifying the Convention, governments become legally bound to implement the rights therein.
I came into a strong organization, and I hope I strengthened it more and expanded its capacity to deal with some of the challenges that might not have seemed as great 10 years ago, such as H.I.V., AIDS and children affected by war.
I think tremendous change has taken place since the World Summit for Children in 1990.
For example, UNICEF works with governments to change legislation such as in India where a law was passed raising the age of compulsory school completion to keep children in school and away from the workplace for longer.
While the technology revolution has yet to reach far into the households of those in developing countries, this is certainly another area where more developed countries can assist those in the less developed world.