Our Rights on World Children’s Day and Every Day
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on the 20th of November each year. The day aims to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children's welfare.
November 20th is an extremely important date for children and young people as it is the date, in 1959, when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date of when the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989.
Young people like us of Newport Youth Council have strong opinions, unique perspectives, and passion in many areas. Our Chair, Maisy, has always advocated Children’s Rights on a local and national level and is excited to celebrate this month. She says
“Often, our voices go unheard. Article 12 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is our right to be heard and so, in being a member of Newport Youth Council, I ensure that I use this right.”
Over thirty years ago, world leaders made an historic commitment to the world’s children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – an international agreement on childhood.
The treaty has helped transform children’s lives around the world, but still, not every child gets to enjoy a full childhood; too many childhoods are damaged or cut short.
It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, businesses and communities fulfil their commitments and take action for our rights, once and for all. They must commit to making sure every child, has every right.
In a public statement, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said
“Around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all. Let’s build on advances and re-commit to putting children first. For every child, every right.”
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play a very important part in making World Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into actions that will build a better world for future generations.