From the Surgeon General
September 19, 2001

Sharing an Agenda for Children

JAMA. 2001;286(11):1305. doi:10.1001/jama.286.11.1305

In 1900, President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed, "A new century is a time for both celebration and reflection." We now have an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the progress this country has made with respect to our children's health, and also on the challenges that we as part of the global community face in this new century. On September 19-21, 2001, the United States will participate with other member states in the United Nations Special Session for Children, a 10-year follow-up to the 1990 World Summit for Children. In conjunction with it, the Department of Health and Human Services is releasing a report, America's Children: Our Challenge, Our Future, which summarizes progress during the past decade and suggests what we might do for our own children and to help reduce disparities in children's health throughout the world.

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