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Universal Children’s Day

November 20

Universal Children’s Day promoting solidarity among all children.

Established in 1954 as recommended by the United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA), November 20 is Universal Children’s Day, an important day celebrated in more than 100 countries.

Why was Universal Children’s Day instituted?

  • To protect children who were subjected to child labour conditions.
  • To provide all children with access to an education.

How has Universal Children’s Day evolved?

  • It was first celebrated in 1953 by the International Union for Child Welfare in Geneva and then adopted by the UNGA in 1954.
  • In 1956 Universal Children’s Day was celebrated with the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child.
  • In 1989 Universal Children’s Day was celebrated with the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

What purpose does Universal Children’s Day serve today?

  • To promote solidarity and peace among all of the children of the world.
  • To encourage global action that protects and improves the welfare of children across the globe.
  • To celebrate childhood.

How can I celebrate Universal Children’s Day?

  • Raise awareness using Twitter or Facebook.
  • Talk to your children about the challenges many children around the world face today in order to create a feeling of solidarity between your children and the other children of the world.
  • Donate or volunteer with your favourite children’s charity.
  • Learn about the Education First initiative launched in 2012 by the UN’s Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to promote accessible education for all children and then share your new knowledge with friends and family.
  • Or you can just take the day off to have fun with your children and to help them celebrate and enjoy their childhood.

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