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29 October 2004 General Assembly Decides to Launch International Year for Sport (2005) on 5 November, Assesses Follow-Up to Special Session on Children NEW YORK, 27 October (UN Headquarters) The General Assembly will launch the International Year for Sport and Physical Education (2005) on 5 November, following the adoption today, without a vote and as orally amended, of a resolution on sport as a means to promote education, health, development and peace. He called on States that had not done so to prepare or strengthen such plans. In doing so, they should cooperate with civil society actors working with children. It was also important to involve children, as they had a right to be taken into account in matters affecting their own lives. And while many speakers from the developed countries outlined ambitious national programmes that had been implemented to address the needs of their children, primarily in the areas of health care and education, a large majority of them also pointed to constraints such as lack of resources, inadequate assistance, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty and conflicts, categorically stating that those were all burdensome factors, which impeded the most well-intentioned efforts. Statements were also made by the representatives of Togo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Barbados (on behalf of the Caribbean Community), Kenya, South Africa, United States, Malaysia, Ecuador, Myanmar, Namibia, Peru, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Belize, Congo, Kazakhstan, Jamaica, Canada, Syria, Uganda, Viet Nam, India, Eritrea, Nigeria, Iran and Armenia.