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Redouble efforts to work for children: Jamaica

United Nations, Sep 29 (IANS) Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has called on the international community to \"redouble our efforts\" to work for the well-being of children, while adding that \"we must leave no child behind\".

Published: 29th September 2013 11:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th September 2013 11:30 AM   |  A+A-

United Nations, Sep 29 (IANS) Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has called on the international community to "redouble our efforts" to work for the well-being of children, while adding that "we must leave no child behind".

Simpson-Miller made the statement as she was taking the floor at the General Debate of the UN general assembly, which entered its fifth day here Saturday, Xinhua reported. "We must redouble our efforts to safeguard their rights and enhance the development of our children."

"As we forge the agenda for development for the next decade and beyond, we do so in part on behalf of a group which is very close to my heart -- our children."

"The future we want, the future we craft, the future we achieve will be our legacy to our children," said Simpson-Miller. "Despite limited resources, Jamaica continues to make every effort to meet its obligations to our children."

"We condemn violence and abuse against our children and reaffirm our commitment to safeguarding and promoting the rights of children everywhere," she said. "We must leave no child behind. "

The rights of children were given much attention in the UN Millennium Development Goals, a set of eight anti-poverty goals to be reached by 2015.

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