Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto, President of Arigatou International, Speaks at United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children in 2002

Unique Contributions to Children's Rights from People of All Faiths

In May 2002, the United Nations General Assembly held the Special Session on Children. The Assembly adopted the “World Fit for Children” outcome document, which charted a course for a global movement that would strengthen international actions for the promotion of children’s rights in the twenty-first century and beyond. Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto, the convenor of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), was given the honor of addressing the General Assembly, representing the world’s faith-based NGOs. In his remarks, he made three commitments to the international community, which in ensuing years each evolved into a unique global initiative spearheaded by Arigatou International: Ethics Education for Children, the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, and End Child Poverty.

The full written text of his submitted statement is available here, and the video of his address is available at right.

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