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Universal Children's Day 2017 celebrated

To celebrate each year on November 20th, the United Nations Universal Children's Day was established by resolution 836(IX) of 14 December in 1954. It was made an international day of observance with an aim to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

November 20th is an important date for two reasons: (a) it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child; (b) it is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

According to UN, “The Convention, which is the most widely ratified international human rights treaty, sets out a number of children's rights including the right to life, to health, to education and to play, as well as the right to family life, to be protected from violence, to not be discriminated, and to have their views heard.”

This year of the theme of this Day was 'It's a #KidsTakeOver'. To celebrate this year's Universal Children's Day, UNICEF hosted children from around the world taking over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted on 20th November.

The Day has been observed as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the child rights charter and the welfare of the children of the world.

Universal Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for Children. On the basis of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and joint effort by all the countries and regions, as the UN urged, let us promote and celebrate children's right on the Universal Children's Day, and continuously build up a friendly environment for children in the world through dialogue and actions.




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