November 20: World Children’s Day

World Children’s Day is observed on November 20, to promote feeling of togetherness among children.

Significance of the day

  • The day raises awareness on children’s welfare.
  • It lays emphasis on importance of child rights and seeks to build better future for them, since they are our leaders of tomorrow.
  • It also creates an understanding of how societies, communities and nations play a significant role in creating a safe haven for children.
  • It advocates dialogue around child rights, exploitation, discrimination and child safety.

Campaigns by UNICEF

To celebrate this day, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has worked on campaigns for bridging digital divide in education amongst children in the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic. Campaigns were also carried out to safeguard and improve well-being of children.

History of the Day

World Children’s Day was first observed on December 14, 1954 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). November 20 is significant because on this day in 1959, UNGA adopted the Declaration of the Rights of Child. On 20 November in 1989, UNGA also adopted a “Convention on the Rights of the Child”. Thus, UNGA asked countries to celebrate this day on November 20, globally for promoting the rights of children, support well-being of children and international togetherness.

Theme of the day

World Children’s Day was observed under the theme- ‘A Better Future for Every Child’. It is being observed in accordance to global covid-19 pandemic.

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