Press Release

Special U.N. Assembly On Children postponed due to New York atrocity

The United Nations has today (September 13, 2001) postponed until June 2002 the special U.N. Assembly on Children, due to take place in New York next week. A World Children´s Forum has also been postponed.

Minister for Children, Mary Hanafin TD, who was due to lead the Irish delegation, said “It is regrettable but understandable that the atrocities in New York have forced the postponement of this special session which was to agree a new 10-year plan for global action on A World Fit For Children“.

Children´s organisations and children themselves were due to attend, and a meeting of the Security Council on Children in Armed Conflict was also to be held.

Minister Hanafin said “I will shortly be publishing Ireland´s review of the decade in relation to children. We are committed to implementing our National Children´s Strategy to ensure we can create an Ireland fit for children as part of our contribution to the UN desire of a world fit for children.”