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Ministers To Come Out With Draft Declaration For First Ladies Summit | 11/10/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 11 2010 (Bernama) -- Ministers attending the pre-summit meeting of the First Ladies Summit here today will come out with a draft declaration, says Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil.

Speaking to reporters, Shahrizat said the draft declaration to be deliberated and agreed to by the ministers, would then be submitted to the First Ladies for consideration and adoption.

"I think the draft declaration will be ready tonight. Tomorrow, we will hand it to the First Ladies through Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor (the prime minister's wife) for consideration and if they agree, it will be adopted," she said after attending the pre-summit meeting at the Palace of the Golden Horses, Seri Kembangan, near here, Monday.

Twenty ministers are attending the meeting while 15 First Ladies have confirmed their participation in the summit themed, "A Child Today, A Leader Tomorrow". The two-day First Ladies Summit 2010 begins tomorrow.

Initiated and hosted by Rosmah, the summit will focus on ways in which families, communities and governments can work together to uncover the potential in every child.

Shahrizat said among the issues discussed today were related to child empowerment in order to develop them into positive, responsible and disciplined individuals in the future.

They also discussed about leadership in the future and the values that needed to be developed in children.

"We also focused on the risk factors...that's important...they (children) go through conflicts in their lives....in this world. If the situation is okay...it's not a problem."

On whether the declaration, if agreed and adopted by the First Ladies, would be taken to the United Nations, Shahrizat said:

"We will submit a copy of the declaration to UN and send a note too...and we will take it up from there. The ministers will monitor the process," she said.

Describing the response at today's meeting as good, Shahrizat said the meeting was held in a form called "world cafe", in three sessions focusing on three aspects of child development.

The ministers concerned shared their respective countries's best practices, laws and regulations as well as policies related to the issues being discussed.

On the suggestion that some of the matters in the draft might not apply to certain countries due to the different situation in their countries, Shahrizat said that was not a problem.

"When we talk about children, the issues are always the same all over the world...(and) when we talk about the risk factors...they are all the same," she said.

The minister also said that 15 children would take part in the summit on Wednesday.


Source: BERNAMA
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