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"Walk your Talk" ä

Annoucement - Press Release

UN Special Session on Children - May 2002

Postcard campaign & Honorary Award 'Walk Your Talk'ä
annually awarded by children in Geneva
Two NGO projects in support of the Global Movement for Children

Children will hold world leaders to account and honor their new commitments

On the occasion of the UN General Assembly Special Session on Children (May 2002), the Women's World Summit Foundation WWSF, in partnership with the International Council of Women and the International School Psychology Association announce of the postcard campaign 'Walk your Talk' and the Honorary Award to Heads of State of the same name. As the well being of children is foremost the responsibility of Heads of State, Governments and other world leaders, the 'walk your talk' campaign has a double aim:

- To remind world leaders via a postcard campaign of the promises made when signing the Declaration and Platform for Action 'A World fit for Children', the official UN document for the decade;

- Acknowledge and celebrate with an annual Honorary Award the Head of State who demonstrates the most significant commitment and results in the realization of the promises made to the children.

'Walk your Talk' postcard campaign

As every child without exception has a right to dignity, security and happiness, we invite NGOs working for the rights of the child, civil society in general and particularly youth organisations to join in the postcard campaign. You are encouraged to address cards (see attached sample) to your Head of State and regularly remind him or her of their commitment made at UNGASS on Children 2002, i.e. Promoting healthy lives; Providing quality education; Protecting against abuse, exploitation and violence; Combating HIV/AIDS.

'Walk your Talk' Honorary Award ä

An Honorary Award will be given by children to a Head of State who keeps the promises made to them. As a first date for such an award November 20th has been retained (International Children's Rights Day). The ceremony will be organized at the United Nations in Geneva, known as a city in service of peace.