posted on Feb, 24 2005 @ 07:28 AM
The campaign, called "Write me down, make me real," is backed by UNICEF and calls on governments to record the estimated 48 million children whose
births go unregistered each year.
Sixteen years ago, the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child told countries to register every baby immediately after birth. Every nation has
ratified the convention except two, the U.S. and Somalia
Desmond Tutu launches global campaign, claiming unlisted children 'nonentities'
Posted: February 23, 2005
4:23 p.m. Eastern
The United Nations is supporting a new campaign urging governments around the world to register every newborn child, and it's getting help from South
African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
''It is, in a very real sense, a matter of life and death,'' the Nobel Peace Prize winner said at a New York news conference. ''The unregistered
child is a nonentity. The unregistered child does not exist. How can we live with the knowledge that we could have made a difference?''
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"Governments worldwide are failing the world's children, as millions of youngsters without a birth certificate find it very difficult to prove
their age or nationality," said Thomas Miller, Plan's chief executive. "Children without birth certificates are far more likely to find themselves
without access to education, health care, civil rights or inheritance laws.
"And parents whose children go missing during disasters like the tsunami or because they are abducted by traffickers may even be unable to get help
with tracing their sons or daughters because they cannot prove the age of their children – or in many cases that their children even exist."
[edit on 24-2-2005 by Bourgeoisie]