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Thursday, 15 June 1989
Page: 4053

Motion (by Senator Macklin, and on behalf of Senator Childs, Senator Brownhill, Senator Vallentine and Senator Peter Baume) agreed to:

That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) in 1982 the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) launched the `Child Survival and Development Revolution' aimed at providing basic needs such as nutrition, primary health care, environmental sanitation, water, shelter and basic education,

(ii) since that date, oral rehydration therapy and immunisation have already saved more than 2 500 000 children per year who would have died if the death rates of 1982 still prevailed,

(iii) UNICEF and the World Health Organisation have identified additional low-cost opportunities which could increase the number of children saved to more than 5 000 000 within 2 years and to more than 10 000 000 annually on a permanent and sustainable basis by the year 2000, and

(iv) UNICEF has proposed a `World Summit on Children' to promote international plans for achieving the goals of child survival, health and development of all children; and

(b) urges the Government, on behalf of the people of Australia, to formally endorse this call for a representative World Summit on Children to provide a forum for government leaders to agree on concrete plans for national action and international co-operation, to reduce the scale of preventable childhood deaths, and to offer Australia as a venue for this Summit if it is felt that such a meeting should be held independently from a scheduled meeting of the United Nations.