National News Roundup
Nearly 600 U.S. cities and more than 45 nations plan to participate in an international campaign aimed at increasing public awareness of the goals reached at last year's first World Summit for Children.
During last September's summit, sponsored by the United Nations, President Bush and 70 other heads of state committed themselves to achieving seven basic goals by the year 2000. These include reducing infant mortality by one-third, lowering adult illiteracy rates by one-half, and providing universal access to basic education.
Organized by the planners of that summit, this year's effort, "Keeping the Promise," will mark the first anniversary of the World Summit, will attempt to educate the public about the summit's goals and those of the President's America 2000 program, and will suggest methods for ensuring the realization of those objectives.
Events, to be organized in schools and places of worship between Sept. 27 and Oct. 13, will include a School Activities Week from Sept. 29 through Oct. 4. Among the initial events will be a 250-mile "Pony Express" ride that will pick up children's letters about summit promises and deliver them to Gov. Roy Romer of Colorado. Also planned are rallies at local centers of the federal Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children in Salt Lake City, San Diego, and Tucson, Ariz. .
Vol. 11, Issue 04, Page 2