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UN: Plan To Improve Children's Lives Agreed

United Nations, 11 May 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The first United Nations children's summit has ended with delegates adopting a 21-point plan aimed at reducing threats to children posed by poverty, disease, and war. Representatives from 180 nations agreed on the plan that includes steps toward reducing malnutrition and infant mortality, and improving household hygiene.

Reports say the conference, however, highlighted differences among the U.S. and some European and Latin American states over contentious issues such as abortion and capital punishment.

The U.S. objected to the inclusion in the plan of the phrase "reproductive health services," which some said implied abortion. U.S. officials also objected to language barring the executions of those under the age of 18.

The action plan was adopted yesterday by the United Nations General Assembly at the conclusion of the three-day meeting at UN headquarters.