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In 2000 all of the 192 United Nations member
states and 23 international organisations
agreed on the Millennium Development Goals
for 2010. Although these are eight international
development goals for all mankind, there are
some which are primarily for the children.
These goals are ranging from halving the
extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/
AIDS and providing universal primary education
all by the target of 2015.
In order to achieve the goals UN secretary
Ban-Ki Moon has called the world leaders for a
summit at the end of this year.
In conjunction, schools and other public
institutions make an effort to inform the children
of their right according to the Declaration of
the Rights of the Child. In countries were the
children are generally well-respected the
teachers point to other countries where it is not
the case and draw the attention to their
The UNICEF also plays an important role when it
to specific areas. They are staging events and
stimulate the interest of the worldwide media
and therefore work towards improving
In particular UNICEF has applauded the efforts
the Nigerian government were making towards
Day on 27 May. UNICEF representatives
remarked that the government is making
important advancements concerning the
policies and legislation to protect children.
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over the world. Its purpose is to make children
happy, promote togetherness and
acknowledge an understanding of young
ago and continues today as a way of
acknowledging and spending time with young
Day takes place on 20 November every year to
show understanding and respect for children.
In 1954 the UN General Assembly
recommended all countries to establish and
introduce an annual event known as the
every country to choose an appropriate date
for this special day. Therefore, the date for
More than 30 states, like China and the USA,
Many countries and other public facilities make
an effort to inform the children about their
rights, concerning to the Declaration of the
Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention
of the Rights of the Child in 1989.
Why 20 November?
On this date, in 1959, the UN General Assembly
adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the
Child and 30 years later, on the same day, the
Convention on the Rights of the Child was
signed. It has since been ratified by 191 states.
The UN General Assembly wanted all countries
to recognise the significance of this day.
Therefore, 20 November marks the importance
of these events.
What does the Declaration and the
Both can be seen as a requirement of the basic
rights or the human rights for children. The
Declaration of the Rights of the Child therefore
by the International Save the Children Union,
Geneva in 1923. It contains basic conditions like
the right to be nurtured, to be given a requisite
for normal development, to be nursed, helped
and protected against exploitation.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child
consists of comparable basic rights. It details
that children are entitled to protection and
care, regardless of race, colour, gender,
language or religion. It is founded on respect
for the dignity and worth of each individual.
Why is it worth celebrating?
Although some people might think that
holiday without any deeper sense, there are lots
of instances to support this global celebration of
to reflect that our children are important
members of society.
In the majority of the world, celebrations are fairly
that offers the parents the opportunity to spend
time with their children and to make them feel
happy and special.
Parents, relatives or everybody else can do
various things for the children; one can honour
them by contributing money, time, attention or
just patience. It is important to celebrate
If people want to join in an organised event,
there are often established programmes and
fundraising activities put together by UNICEF to
focus on building a better future for children in
the need of help.
Over the past decades the Convention on the
Rights of the Child as well as the Declaration of
the Rights of the Child has proven to be a
valuable instrument for promoting the rights of
the children around the world. The near-global
ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the
Children reflects acceptance to the basics of
Nevertheless much works remains as it can be
seen both in developing countries, where child
labour is order of business and where formal
education is rare, and in industrial countries.
Keeping in mind that children are a source of life,
creativity, love and warmth to the world there is
celebrating. Everybody should make an effort to
that children are important members of the
society who need security, opportunities and
reliability to grow to their full potential and to
help to make a better and safer world for them.
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