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  What it was like at the conference
Updated 08 May 2002, 11.56
Celebrations at the closing ceremony
By Cristina Boyton
CBBC Newsround Online in New York

The building was brown, small and not very impressive.

Kevin, 10, of Grenada
Kevin, 10, came to the forum from Grenada
Yet impressive things were happening within the walls of this downtown New York address.

Hot topics

It was the closing ceremony of the Children's Forum, a three day event which brought 400 children from around the world together to discuss issues which affected them most.

Child poverty, lack of education and child labour were just some of the topics on the agenda.

Dancing and clapping

But even after this intensive Forum there was still enough energy to participate in a colourful closing ceremony.

The atmosphere was great!
Children of all nationalities danced and sang traditional songs while the audience clapped wildly, often drowning out the music.

'Inspiring'

One young girl commented: "It was a great way to end such an inspiring and positive event."

The success of the Forum will be measured when two children address the United Nations Special Session on Children on Wednesday.

It's the first time ever children will have spoken at the UN in front of world leaders and they'll be asking these people in power to improve the lives of children worldwide.

Check CBBC Newsround Online later to read Press Pack reports from some of the children at the conference

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