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UNICEF bids to secure indigenous children's rights

UNICEF welcomes SG's call to act for indigenous children

Welcoming Secretary-General's call, UNICEF bids for action to secure indigenous children's rights

LIMA, PERU/PANAMA CITY, 12 November 2003 ? Welcoming the statement on indigenous children made earlier today in Macchu Picchu, Peru, by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UNICEF called for urgent, far-reaching action in response to the "genuine emergency" facing millions of children from indigenous communities in Latin America.

UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean Nils Kastberg said "Governments, in particular, must place indigenous children at the very center of their agendas. These children are living through a genuine emergency. The time has come to turn the many declarations and commitments that have been made over the years into tangible, measurable action to secure their rights.

See the full press release, and the Secretary-General's remarks in English, Quechua, Aymara, and Guarani at:

http://www.unicef.org/media/media_15664.html

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