Hey Dante have you heard? Today is Universal Children’s Day. This special day for children began December 14th 1954 when the United Nations recommended that all countries around the world institute a day which is dedicated to the welfare of the children of the world. Today, November 20th, marks the day on which the UN adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989. Thus the 20th of November was chosen to be the day to celebrate the child.
Nearly 25 years ago, the world made a promise to children that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow,
to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential.
However, even with the efforts to strive for a better future, there are many children whose rights are still being violated and freedoms are being repressed. Many children are deprived of their rights and the benefits of development that we enjoy in Canada. The only way to meet these challenges head on is to find new ways of thinking and new ways of doing.
There is much to celebrate as we mark the 25th anniversary of the UN. declaration, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment. This historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers. As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated:
"The one thing all children have in common is their rights. Every child has the right to survive and thrive, to be educated, to be free from violence and abuse, to participate and to be heard. "