MMI-CLAC 2010 Plan of Action approved at Panama Meeting

The Latin American and Caribbean Chapter of the Global Movement for Children (MMI-CLAC) held its annual technical meeting on June 15 and 16th in Panama where the Plan of Action for the upcoming six months was approved. Led by this year’s rotating lead of the Chapter, UNICEF, the meeting was attended by all MMI-CLAC constituents, including the regional network of child-rights news agencies Red Andi, where it became an official member after a year as an observer, and Child Fund, who has recently joined as one. The agenda for the meeting opened with a review of the I Subregional UNVAC Follow-up Meeting in Paraguay last April by Plan International. The overall assessment was very positive, h...

Bolivian President Denounces Water Privatisation

27 July 2011, United Nations - "Water is life. Water is humanity. How could it be part of the private business?" asked Bolivian President Evo Morales Wednesday, stressing the social and economic consequences of the growing trend of private ownership over water supply and delivery systems in many parts of the world.Morales, the first-ever indigenous president of Bolivia and an outspoken advocate of the rights of "Mother Earth", also criticised capitalist countries of the North for failing to adopt a rights-based approach towards the problems of global warming and the rapid loss of plant and animal species. "If we don't respect the rights of Mother Earth, we cannot respect human righ...

El Movimiento Mundial por la Infancia organiza mesa redonda en NY sobre el papel de los jóvenes en la reconstrucción de Haití

Port-au-prince, jueves 21 de julio - El próximo martes 26 de julio tendrá lugar en la sede de Naciones Unidas en Nueva York una mesa redonda sobre el papel de la infancia y los jóvenes en la reconstrucción del país caribeño. El evento ha sido organizado por el Movimiento Mundial por la Infancia junto con UNICEF, la Organización de Estados Americanos, la Misión Permanente de Haití ante la ONU y la OEA, las ONG World Vision y Plan International y la consultora KPMG en el marco de la Reunión de Alto Nivel de la ONU sobre la Juventud los días 25 y 26 de julio en NY. El panel de ponentes estará compuesto por nueve jóvenes haitianos que expondrán la importancia de la implicación y ...

Child Abuse Starts at Home

Guatemala City, Jul 8, 2011 (IPS) - Joshua Kotouc, a doctor from the U.S., came with a group of missionaries to San Miguel Chicaj, a small town in the mountainous province of Baja Verapaz in northern Guatemalan, in 2006. "El Gringo", as he is known in the community, decided to stay on out of "altruistic" motives.But he ended up in jail for sexually abusing young boys.Kotouc opened a health clinic in the village of San Gabriel, offering health care services for a token fee equivalent to just three cents of a dollar, to help the poor community. But he also started to invite young boys over to his house to play video games, watch movies and go on field trips to nearby towns and cities.The local...

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