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November 20th: Universal Children's Day

Many children around the world live in poor conditions. They do not have access to education or health care. Other children are subject to violence and child labour.

The United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is a significant date as it marks the point in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. November 20th is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

Children's rights include the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard.

Families, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporations and organisations, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and countries.

The UN Universal Children's Day campaign offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate for, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating dialogues into actions that can generate momentum to build a better world for young people worldwide.

2017: #KidsTakeOver

To celebrate this year's Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF has invited children from around the world to take over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment. These children will use their platforms to voice their support for millions of their peers who go unheard, unschooled, unprotected and uprooted.

“From Auckland to Amman and from New York to N’Djamena, we want children to campaign in their schools and communities to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential,” said Justin Forsyth UNICEF Deputy Executive Director. “World Children’s Day will be a day for children, by children.”

Campaign video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRoF4qjBe5A

For more information about the campaign, visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday

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[20-11-2017 to 30-11-2018]


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