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Third Annual San Marino-UNICEF Awards honour children’s advocacy groups

By Susan Markisz

NEW YORK, USA, 9 February, 2009 – The Alexander Bodini Charitable Foundation paid tribute last Friday to three child-based organizations for their work in advocating for children’s rights and to UNICEF for its humanitarian initiatives on behalf of children.

The three winning organizations were the Tamilnadu-Pondicherry State Parliament of Children in India, Young African Stars Nigeria and Kids Link Fiji – each of which received $20,000. They were honoured as tomorrow’s leaders and agents of change.

The third annual San Marino-UNICEF Awards dinner was hosted in New York by Minister for Foreign and Political Affairs of the Republic of San Marino Antonella Mularoni, Minister of Territory and Environment of the Republic of San Marino Giancarlo Venturini, and the Permanent Representative of the Republic of San Marino to the United Nations, Daniele Bodini.

“We are living through difficult times,” Ambassador Bodini said in a somber note before introducing the winning organizations. “Despite this adversity, our young people around the world are determined to succeed. And tonight, we are gathered to recognize outstanding work of three inspiring groups from different parts of the globe who will become our leaders.”

Electing children

India’s Children’s Parliament elects young people as Ministers for Health, Education, Finance and Defense of Children’s rights, and is responsible for raising awareness of child rights issues.

Grazina Sen, wife of Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations Nirupam Sen, spoke on behalf of the Children’s Parliament.

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