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Gerry Kelly meets with young people on United Nations' children's day

20 November, 2007

Some 108 young people took to the steps of Parliament Buildings today to tell the Junior Ministers about the big issues affecting children today.

Welcoming the young people to Stormont, Sinn Fein Junior Minister Gerry Kelly reaffirmed the Executive's commitment to securing and prioritising the rights of children and young people.

Mr Kelly said he wanted to help bring young people closer to the heart of government decision making and play a greater role in shaping policy issues and legislation.

"We are always looking for new and interesting ways to effectively and directly engage young people and marching up the steps of Parliament Buildings is certainly a direct approach. We are committed to giving them every opportunity to influence and direct policy which impacts on their live as well as ensuring we deliver services that meet their needs," Mr Kelly added.

The event, organised by Public Achievement, marks United Nations' International Children's Day.

Notes to Editors:

The Junior Ministers have responsibility for children and young people's issues

Ministers Kelly and Paisley Jnr invited Patricia Lewsley - Commissioner for Children and Young People and representatives from key voluntary organisations Barnardo's, NSPCC, CiNI and Save the Children to join them to hear first hand the main issues affecting children and young people.

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