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Human Rights: International aid contribution


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, and
(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, and
(ii)
Target 4a of the Millennium Development Goals aims to reduce by two-thirds,
between 1990 and 2015, the under five mortality rate; and
(c)
calls on the Australian Government to declare its commitment to achieving
the international aid target of 0.7 per cent gross national income by 2015 which
represents the minimum level required to help developing countries achieve
substantial development gains.

Negatived.

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