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Council of Delegates 1999: Resolution 9

30-10-1999 Resolution

Street Children

Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Geneva, Switzerland, 29 - 30 October 1999

The Council of Delegates,

deeply alarmed by the phenomenon of street children, their increasing numbers, the deprivation of their rights, and the abuse, exploitation and neglect experienced by them,

 recognising their needs as one of the most vulnerable groups in society,

 reaffirming the long standing concern of the Movement expressed most notably through Resolution 2 of the 1995 Council of Delegates and Resolution 8.2 of the 1997 Council of Delegates on the plight of street children,

 recalling the efforts made by the international community to foster respect for human rights and in particular the rights of the child through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Resolution 51/77, Chapter VI of the General Assembly of the United Nations of 12 December 1996 which focuses on the plight of street children,

 aware of the capacities and potential of National Societies to advocate the plight of street children, to contribute towards the improvement of their situation and to meet their particular needs,

1. takes note of progress made and the work carried out by the International Federation and National Societies in compliance with the Council of Delegates Resolution 8.2 in 1997, and thanks them for the work undertaken;

2. welcomes the establishment of an International Federation Task Force on Street Children and the preliminary work which has been carried out concerning the formulation of a Plan of Action, and recognises the need to reinforce these activities;

3. urges National Societies, as part of their action to improve the situation of the most vulnerable, to initiate, or to become more involved in street children's programmes, and to focus their work on long-term strategies, including advocacy and prevention, leading to concrete and sustainable improvement in the health and social situation of street children;

4. urges National Societies to carry out such activities emphasizing the principle of child participation and the need for effective collaboration within and outside the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement;

5. requests National Societies to actively support the Task Force on Street Children through the provision of the funding necessary for the continuation of its work and by providing substantive input and ideas for the development of a plan of action;

6. requests the International Federation to continue to co-ordinate the work of the Task Force in developing and implementing the plan of action.

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