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International Children’s Day Reaffirms Commitment to Children’s Well-Being

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01 June 2016
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The first summer day is a day for joy and happiness for many children because summer ushers in a new season, new hope and new opportunities. Many countries also commemorate June 1 as the International Children’s Day.

The history of marking this day dates back to 1949, when Women’s Congress in Paris raised the issue of the protection of all disadvantaged children, and on 1 June 1950this occasion was celebratedfor the first time. Many countries have followed this tradition, and since then the International Children’s Day is commemorated in Europe, Asia, and beyond. This day is recognized around the world to protect children’s rights.

In Uzbekistan,the International Children’s Day is observed nationwide by conducting various events for, and with children. At the same time, this day reaffirms commitments of adults to fulfill the rights of the child.

UNICEF also reiterates its readiness to support the Government of Uzbekistan to strengthen programs for children’s well-being to realize all rights of boys and girls as mentioned in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Uzbekistan has made significant progress in last 25 years to provide health and education services to children and women. Now it is time to assure quality services reach the most remote parts of the country. It is important to reach the most vulnerable groups — boys and girls in remote areas, those living with HIV, children with disabilities and without parental care. Given that most of the children in institutions are children with disabilities, UNICEF focuses on inclusive programming.

In partnership with the government, UNICEF is committed to deliver results for children in 2016–2020. However,children’s well-being is not the responsibility of governmental organizations alone. Therefore, UNICEF works with communities, families and youth to empower them to apply positive practices in the area of health, nutrition, hygiene, child care and development.

On this important day, UNICEF is pleased to extend warm greetings to all people of Uzbekistan, especially children and youth. Together, we can ensure that all children enjoy all rights, everywhere.

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