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World Celebrates Children’s Day: It is Time to Put Children First

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20 November 2018
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20 November is the day when the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, was adopted. It is a day to celebrate the progress made for children, hold leaders to account on promises made to children and address the work that still needs to be done.

This day is celebrated each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, private sector and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important role in making World Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

This is a day for children, by children, all over the world to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.

We want to build a world where every child is in school and learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their potential. It's time to put children back on the agenda.

World 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.

“Children’s rights are non-negotiable. Today, we are asking leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child now and for future generations. It is time to put children first and recommit to children's rights in every policy,” says Sascha Graumann, Representative, UNICEF Uzbekistan. “It is also an opportunity for children to take over governments, businesses, educational institutions, media and other outlets to share their needs, aspirations and challenges, and have their voices heard.”

The theme of the World Children’s Day 2018 is ‘Kids Take Over’. Children over the world take over’ high-visibility roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to shine a light on the most pressing challenges faced by their generation.

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