It's Universal Children's Day

On this day it is important to teach children about the concept of respect for themselves and others

"I, therefore, call upon the parents, teachers, members of the civil society, NGOs, volunteers, philanthropists, worldwide development partners, media and corporate houses to play their constructive role towards promotion and protection of the rights of children", he said in his message to the nation on Universal Children Day being observed Monday (November 20).

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.

Why is Children's Day celebrated on 20th November?

UNICEF distributed the first Arabic simplified version of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to the attendees, with the aim of further enhancing awareness among children and caregivers.

UNICEF deputy director Justin Forsythe said World Children's Day would be a day for children by children.

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.

However, many countries celebrate Children's Day on different dates.

"Therefore, while we celebrate these achievements with and for children, let us also make a commitment to strive stronger together towards ending violence, achieving universal kindergarten and inclusive quality education, providing adolescents with the right kind of skills, and empowering the most disadvantaged girls and boys in Jordan to access these services", he added.

Assessing children's prospects in escaping extreme poverty, getting a basic education and avoiding violent deaths, the UNICEF analysis reveals that: the share of people living on less than $1.90 a day has increased in 14 countries, including Benin, Cameroon, Madagascar, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Every year, UNICEF has a special theme to mark the day and Children's Day 2017 theme is #KidsTakeOver.

Update: 5:12PM CHILDREN from across the Pacific today marked World Children's Day by taking over key roles in media and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted.



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