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Human rights: anniversary of the Rights of the Child

That the Senate

(a) notes that:
(i) Thursday, 20 November 2008 marked the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989;
(ii) In 2000, world leaders outlined eight Millennium Development Goals, endorsed by 189 nations, to reduce poverty and hunger, to tackle ill-health, gender inequality, lack of education, lack of access to clean water and environmental degradation;

(b) recognises:
(i) that more than 11 million children under the age of five die each year, mostly from preventable diseases;
(ii) Target 4.A of the Millennium Development Goals aims to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under-five mortality rate;

(c) calls on the Australian Government to declare its commitment to achieving the international aid target of 0.7% gross national income, by 2015, which represents the minimum level required to help developing countries achieve substantial development gains.

Motion negatived.

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