Children participating in the 2017 Universal Children’s Day celebration hold signs calling for peace. UNICEF invited children from around the world to take “take over” key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who are unschooled, unprotected and uprooted. UN Photo/Manuel Elias
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights.
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.
Universal 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.
2018: Children are taking over and turning the world blue
This year the world is going blue! We’re asking individuals, schools and corporates worldwide to go blue to help build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential, and we know you do too. Going blue activities include: sharing our promo video for Children's day, signing the global petition and going blue in support of children’s rights in social media, and much, much more.
World Children’s Day - a day for children, by children - is almost here and we want you to take part.
Get involved and #GoBlue
- Celebrate by wearing blue clothing or accessories and share with the world on social media
- Take part in the World’s Largest Lesson using the School Activity Packs
- Transform your website and social media platforms by turning them blue for the day
Some highlights of this year’s celebrations are: UNICEF will appoint an Emmy-nominated actress as its youngest Goodwill Ambassador on November 20, 2018, global landmarks will go blue, children will be taking over in Parliaments, schools, businesses, sports and on news channels, television programmes and radio stations across the globe.
See more on how you can participate in World Children’s Day: www.unicef.org/world-childrens-day