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Universal Children’s Day, 20 November

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United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

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.

To celebrate this year’s Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF has invited 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.

(November 20th may commemorate some other historical events such as the “physical ” end of Spain’s Franco dictatorship, or the assassination of an honest pediatrician, Santiago Brouard in 1984, as mentioned occasionally in this blog ( But, then again, those are grown-ups things to remember.

We want children to campaign in their schools and communities to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfill their potential, as Justin Forsyth UNICEF Deputy Executive Director said.

It’s a fun day, with a serious message:


Xavier Allué (Editor)

Written by pedsocial

20 noviembre 2017 at 8:36