Universal Children’s Day 2015

| November 16, 2015

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Universal Children’s Day takes place annually on November 20.

The United Nations General Assembly first proclaimed the Day in 1954, and established it to encourage all countries to devote a day to celebrating children, promoting mutual exchange and understanding among children, and taking action to benefit and promote the welfare of the world’s children.

The UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.

According to the UN: “The world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard, and to reach their full potential. In spite of the overall gains, there are many children who have fallen even further behind. Old challenges have combined with new problems to deprive many children of their rights and the benefits of development.”

To find out more about the Day, go to the UN website, where there are links to resources and other information: http://www.un.org/en/events/childrenday/

You can follow the Day on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Universal-Childrens-Day-20-November-145499532167364/ and on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hashtag/ChildrensDay