United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund


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Honorable Chairs, Distinguished Delegates,

On behalf of the President of the French Republic François Hollande and the whole French nation I would like to express our greatest satisfaction and gratitude as we have the chance to be a part of this debate. The delegate of France would like to cordially welcome all the delegates engaged in the United Nations Children's Fund Council.

The delegation of French Republic is contented that the UNICEF Council has undertaken such an important issue, which child marriages definitely is.

The Article First of The Common Declaration of Human Rights states: “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”. However, child marriage is rooted in gender ine...