Balkenende stresses importance of family

26th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

26 September 2007, NEW YORK – Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende addressed an international audience of scientists, entrepreneurs and artists in New York on Tuesday, and spoke fervently on the importance of a good family life for children.

26 September 2007

NEW YORK – Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende addressed an international audience of scientists, entrepreneurs and artists in New York on Tuesday, and spoke fervently on the importance of a good family life for children.

The prime minister spoke during the Global Creative Leadership Summit of the Louise T. Blouin Foundation. Balkenende referred to a UNICEF study which indicated that children in the Netherlands are the happiest in the industrialised world.

The prime minister said this is due partly to the fact that children are treated with respect in the Netherlands. He also stressed the importance of a good family life, education, sport, the contribution from non-governmental organisations, and standards and values.

The prime minister thinks there should be room for everyone in society. He mentioned the children who gave the UN the message in 2002 that they wanted a world in which they fit. Balkenende said this is why every effort should be put into achieving the UN's millennium goals.

The Dutch youth representative to the UN Sandra van Beest attended the event at the prime minister's invitation and addressed the group as well. She stressed that it is important to involve the world's children and youth in seeking solutions.

"We know what the problems are, because we experience them and we can contribute to solutions." She added: "In a strong and social family everyone is involved and everyone works together."

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