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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
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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;

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Time to sign CEDAW as Australian women Reclaim the Night

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has today, on the 30th anniversary of the annual Reclaim the Night campaign in Australia, called on the Federal Government to sign a key international agreement to protect women’s rights.

Australia is yet to sign the Optional Protocol to the United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (or CEDAW). The Optional Protocol would allow Australians to make complaints to the United Nations on matters of gender equality and women’s rights if all domestic efforts are fruitless.

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Greens ‘New Century’ Australia Senate Agenda

The Australian Greens today outlined their vision for Australia in the new century ahead of the opening of the Balance-of-Power Senate.

Australian Greens Leader, Senator Bob Brown, said a record 1.17 million people voted Greens at the last election, and the five Greens Senators were ready to work constructively with all parties to respond to the challenges of the new century.

"Pollution, poverty, discrimination and the destruction of Australia's forests and precious environments are the legacy of the last century and decades of greed and inaction."

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