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International Day of Innocent Children
Victims of Aggression
4 June

"On this solemn occasion, we need to recall the sacred duty, enshrined in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, to ensure that all children, without any exception whatsoever, enjoy special protection."

Former Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar,
in his message for the 1983
observance

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meets a Palestinian child injured during the conflict in Gaza, at the Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, in Gaza City.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (left) meets a Palestinian child injured during the conflict in Gaza, at the Office of the Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, in Gaza City.    UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

On 19 August 1982, at its emergency special session on the question of Palestine, the General Assembly, “appalled at the great number of innocent Palestinian and Lebanese children victims of Israel’s acts of aggression”, decided to commemorate 4 June of each year as the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression (resolution ES-7/8).

The purpose of the day is to acknowledge the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse. This day affirms the UN's commitment to protect the rights of children.

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