Universal Children’s Day

Universal Children's Day was created in 1954 and is celebrated every year on November 20 to promote respect for and the rights of children.

November 20 marks the day the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child [A/RES/1386(XIV)] in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, signed in 1989.

Since 1990, Universal Children's Day has also marked the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, civil society leaders or activists, religious or community leaders, business leaders and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important role in making Universal Children's Day a special event in their society, community or country.

Universal Children's Day provides each and every one of us with a unique opportunity to raise awareness, promote and highlight children's rights, but also to transform this date into concrete action for children everywhere.

This year, the COVID-19 crisis has led to a crisis of children's rights. The costs of the pandemic to children are immediate and, if left unaddressed, can last a lifetime.

It is time for generations to come together to re-imagine the kind of world we want to create.

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