Students at Hadew primary school in Jijiga, Ethiopia. Photo: UNICEF/UN043870/Lister
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Toronto, Nov 20 (Canadian-Media): Universal Children’s Day (UCD) was reportedly first announced by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in 1954 with the goal to prompt governments worldwide to promote international togetherness and pay more attention to the welfare of their youngest citizens and offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children, media reports said.
Although UCD takes place on November 20th, each country that participates in the festivities has its own date set aside for this purpose.
UCD participates in honorable causes, such as the commitment to stopping HIV/AIDS by 2015. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the UN aspires to reach out another important goal to reach is for every child to have access to an education and be able to attend school.
Yet another goal of UCD is promoting the environment among the world’s children and to prompt governments worldwide to pay more attention to the welfare of their youngest citizens.
UCD this year also marks the twentieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and also saw young people take over roles in government, media, and even at the United Nations, to raise awareness about issues important to them.
At an event at UN Headquarters in New York, UN Secretary-General António Guterres was reported by the media to state in a room packed with children, teachers, government delegates including the Director-General of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake.
“It’s my job to meet with some of the most powerful and important people in the world,” said at a “Presidents and Prime Ministers… scientists… military leaders… scholars and academics… captains of industry and business. But none of these people are as important – or as inspiring – as the the children I meet,” Guterres said.
Parents, teachers, health care professionals, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community leaders, corporate and media professionals as well as reportedly young people and children can play an important part in making UCD a great success.
On 20th November UNICEF had invited children from around the world had taken over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who did not have a chance to attend schools.
“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,” Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director was reported by media to state, “World Children’s Day will be a day for children, by children.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)