Thursday, November 20, 2014

Universal Children's Day


  1. UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day for international children, which also works towards improving children's welfare and lives all over the globe.
  2. By resolution 836(IX) of 14 December 1954, the General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.
  3. The General Assembly recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. 
  4. The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate. 
  5. On 20 November 1958 the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
  6. The United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1989.
  7. The Convention on the Rights of the Child can be downloaded on this link: http://www.coe.int/t/dg3/children/participation/CRC-C-GC-12.pdf
  8. UNICEF is dedicated to meeting the six of eight goals that apply to the needs of children so that they are all entitled to basic rights written in the 1989 international human rights treaty.
  9. In September 2012, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations led the initiative for the education of children.
  10. Universal Children's Day is not simply a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to bring awareness to children around the globe that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination.
  11. The International Labour Organization in 1999 adopted the Prohibition and Elimination of the Worst Forms of Child Labour including slavery, child prostitution and child pornography.
  12. Canada co-chaired the World Summit for children in 1990 and in 2002 the United Nations reaffirmed the commitment to complete the agenda of the 1990 World Summit.

References:

Universal Children's Day 20 November
Children's Day
Universal Children's Day 2014: 6 Fun Facts; 10 Quotes and Wishes to Take Inspiration From
COMMITTEE ON THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD Fifty-first session Geneva, 25 May-12 June 2009

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