Mali hosts expert meeting on child issues within ECOWAS

Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Experts from member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began meeting Monday in Bamako to draft a plan of action to be discussed at the Heads of State summit coming up 10 October in Dakar, Senegal.
The experts are also examining various national reports with a view to making a comparative analysis of the situation of children across ECOWAS.
Opening the meeting, which runs through Thursday, Malian minister of Women's, Children's and Family Welfare Ba Odette Yattara enjoined the experts to come up with strategies to improve the lot of children within the subregional bloc.
Also addressing the experts Adam Maiga, president of the Malian Children's Parliament urged African Heads of State to take "more concrete action" in favour of children, and expressed the wish that resolutions from the Bamako meeting are "not left to lie in the drawers of politicians.
" Representatives of civil society organisations and the UNICEF regional office for West Africa are also taking part in the Bamako meeting.

16 september 2002 19:44:00




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