BRUSSELS - The European Union Sunday urged the international community to redouble efforts to improve condition of thousands of suffering children all over the world.
"For so many children there is no childhood. Too many live in poverty, too much in fear," said the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton in a statement today to mark Universal Children's Day.
"Every year thousands of children suffer as a result of conflict, some being forced to become child soldiers, others losing family, friends and facing injury and death, " she said .
"We remember particularly at this time the plight of so many young girls who are forced into marriage, prostitution and slavery," noted the statement.
"I want us all to redouble our efforts to give children their childhood, to see them fulfill their potential and to pledge to ensure this next generation inherit a world that puts their needs first," added Ashton. (KUNA)