"There are many examples of how the Convention on the Rights of the Child has changed conditions for the better in many countries," said Mercedes Roman, an Ecuadorian sociologist and U.N. representative for Defense for Children International (DCI), according to Church World Service.
CWS is one of the more than 50 sponsors of the conference. Roman
noted the increase in the number of children attending schools as governments begin to realize that education leads to social and cultural development.
"I can say that there has been some progress toward the reign of God in some areas," she
acknowledged."The understanding of children as persons with rights is growing."
said that in some parts of the world the conditions of children has remained the same or has even worsened.
In Africa the number of HIV children is growing as is the number of children trafficked and sexual abused.Roman
also reported that drug abuse is a growing problem among children and in many places children are becoming sexually active at younger ages.