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First Ladies Summit's Declaration To Be Submitted To UN, Says Rosmah | 13/10/2010
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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 2010 (Bernama) -- A declaration issued at the three-day inaugural First Ladies Summit which ended here Wednesday, will be submitted to the United Nations, the prime minister's wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said.

"As the host country, we will undertake to present this declaration to the Malaysian Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, who would then present it to the UN Secretary General who would subsequently submit it to the President of the UN General Assembly.

"I hope this assures you of Malaysia's commitment to nurture the next generation into wise and responsible leaders," she said in her closing remarks at the summit held at a hotel here.

Rosmah said, the ministers and country representatives crafted a draft declaration for adoption by the first ladies, and they were pleased to accept the declaration as a framework for international collaboration and action in the respective countries.

Fifteen first ladies attended the summit themed, 'A Child Today, a Leader Tomorrow'.

Besides Rosmah, the other first ladies are Teuta Topi (Albania), Ernestina Naadu Mills (Ghana), Mariama Mane Sanha (Guinea Bissau), Lorna Golding (Jamaica), Meme Tong (Kiribati), Keosaychay Sayasone (Laos), Sarojini Jugnauth (Mauritius), Maria De Luz Guebuza (Mozambique), Patience Jonathan (Nigeria), Mercedes Lugo De Maidana (Paraguay), Natalie Brigitte Nadage Michel (Seychelles), Sia Nyama Koroma (Sierra Leone), Sriranthi Rajapaksa (Sri Lanka) and Thandiwe Banda (Zambia).

Six representatives of first ladies and 20 ministers also attended the event.

The First Ladies Summit 2010, initiated and hosted by Rosmah, focuses on ways in which families, communities and governments can work together to uncover the potential in every child.

In her closing remarks, Rosmah said the First Ladies Summit was an unmitigated success, adding that she was very impressed with the level of discussion, sincerity of the first ladies' commitment and the quality of the outcome.

"Largely because of your presence, your keen participation and your commitment to engage in meaningful discourse, every step of the way. The impact of the inaugural First Ladies Summit has surpassed my most optimistic expectations," she said.

Rosmah also pointed out that the level of national and international media interest in the summit was overwhelming, and the conversation session participated by five first ladies and moderated by British Broadcasting Corporation's Mishal Husain was well received.

She said that on the first day of the summit, the ministers and senior officials had met in a cafe-style setting to consider how they could champion issues that would help the child become an effective leader of the future.

"As they moved from table to table in robust rounds of discussion and dialogue, it was clear that they were very focused in achieving their objective. I am pleased with the enthusiasm shown by ministers and senior officers who have come to Malaysia to support the work of first ladies," said the prime minister's wife.

While thanking the first ladies who had accepted in joining her on this journey to ensure a better future for the children, Rosmah said it appeared that they, as first ladies, faced similar challenges and expectations of the people.

"And, we are expected to continue to serve the public at large," she noted.

Rosmah disclosed she was moved by the children's presentation at the summit, adding that it was imperative that one took note of what the children had said.

"They (the children) asked that adults help children all over the world to reach their full potential. They asked first ladies to remind the world that children should have all that they deserved, healthy bodies to house healthy minds in a world that is sustainably managed.

"I am more than pleased that both the children and first ladies have the same vision for the future," she said.

Rosmah said Malaysia would be happy to consider hosting the First Ladies Summit in 2012.

"I hope in 2012, we will have wider participation, including those from developed nations," she added.

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