The United Nations has declared 1979 the International Year of the Child. Its aim is?
U.N. Secretary-General Dr. Kurt Waldheim speaking in English
WALDHEIM: "The world into which our children will grow should be one in which national resources are used justly and wisely and the life of nations is marked by co-operation and not by conflict. The fear of war should be overcome by the limitless hopes of peace. We cannot leave to our children a legacy of want and strife.
"This is the very essence of the Charter of the United Nations. We have to ensure that the generations which will succeed us are enabled to realise the human potentiality for construction and progress. They will be so enabled only if we now recognise the rights and meet the special needs of our children for the warmth of affection, for adequate nourishment, for health services and for educational preparation for their future. These needs remain unfulfilled in one way or another through large segments of human society.
"The International Year of the Child is meant to encourage all countries to review their programmes for promoting the physical and mental well-being of their children. These...programmes are to be pursued at community, national and international levels. They should be an integral part of plans for social and economic development."
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Background: The United Nations has declared 1979 the International Year of the Child. Its aim is to concentrate on ways to build a happier world for all children. A year for care, concern and celebration. The Executive Director of the United Nations International Children's Fund said that what was necessary was concern for the emotional security, intellectual stimulation and spiritual growth without which no child can hope to contribute to the building of a good family, a good community and a good society. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Kurt Waldheim spoke about the International Year of the Child.