World Children’s Day observed on November 20

The World Children’s Day also known as Universal Children’s Day is observed every year across the world on 20th November. The purpose of this day is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children. This day is promoted and coordinated by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) which works towards the improvement of children’s welfare.

Background

The World Children’s Day celebrate on 20 November every year was first established as Universal Children’s Day in 1954. Later it was officially adopted by United Nations General Assembly on 14 December 1954 by adopting resolution 836 (IX). This resolution had recommended all the countries to institute a Universal Children’s Day as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

Why November 20? It is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when UNGA adopted Declaration of Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when UNGA adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that UNGA adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.

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