Sunday, August 26, 2007

On August 26, ...

... 1996, 2 years after her appointment as a special expert by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Graça Machel (right), dubbed "children's champion" by the BBC, issued a comprehensive report on child soldiers and other impact of conflict on children throughout the world. The report issued a "call to action" for greater protection for children, in keeping with the promise of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child. Machel's report provided essential data for my article Calling Children to Account: The Proposal for a Juvenile Chamber in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, 29 Pepperdine Law Review 167 (2002).
... 2002 (5 years ago today), the World Summit on Sustainable Development, known colloquially as Earth Summit 2002, opened in Johannesburg, South Africa. The U.N.-sponsored meeting closed 10 days later with adoption of a Political Declaration. A Guardian (London) recap is here.
... 2007 (today), Americans celebrate Women's Equality Day on this 87th anniversary of U.S. women's suffrage. Not a Hallmark holiday yet, but 1 that politicians're eager to honor (see here and here and here).

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