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  I hope world leaders keep their promises
Updated 13 May 2002, 17.59
Harry outside the UN building
Press Packer Harry went to check out the Children's Special Session at the UN in New York. Here's what he found out.

"Visiting the United Nations was an amazing experience, just going to the building itself was exciting.

But I was there to see the UN's Special Session on Children which was about world leaders getting together to discuss ways of making children's lives better than they are at the moment.


Speakers from various countries talked about addressing issues such as child poverty, health and education and at the end signed a document which will make sure that they keep their promises.

For the first time, two teenagers spoke in front of the leaders at the General Assembly.

I think this was a very good idea as they know what changes they want to happen in kids' lives. And the issues had much more meaning coming from children.

Boring

I did find a lot of the adult speakers boring and they all basically said the same thing - how much they had all achieved and saying there wasn't much of a problem.

Harry listens in at one of the many conferences about children
One thing I did learn is that there are far more problems in many other countries than there are in Britain - like slavery, children becoming soldiers and extreme poverty.

I got to interview some of the young delegates from Malawi, Kenya and Serbia. They were very confident that they were being listened to.

Overall, I had a fantastic time and I'm going to keep checking to see how the governments progress with their plans - I really hope they keep the promises they made in New York."

Harry, 15, Northamptonshire

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