Human Rights & Democracy

Go blue and leave no child behind!

20/11/2018 - 17:09
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At home or in our external action, whether in situations of conflict, migration, poverty, when deprived of liberty or in contact with the law, children's rights need to be protected and promoted.

UNIVERSAL CHILDREN'S DAY

“Today we stand united in our determination to protect and to promote the rights of all children everywhere. These rights are universal, indivisible and inalienable. Every single child has the right to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment – free from any form of violence, abuse, harassment or neglect. It is our collective task to do everything we can to ensure that these rights are respected and ensured for every child, everywhere” the EU stated on the occasion of the Universal Children’s day.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. It is also the date when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

The EU’s commitment to protecting children is underlined in the EU Guidelines on the Rights of the Child. The EU is also committed to promoting the ratification and implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and its optional protocols.

“We are convinced that investing in children throughout their journey to adulthood is first and foremost a moral duty towards them. But it is also an essential investment in a better future for all of us. On this day, therefore, we reaffirm our commitment to redouble our efforts and also call upon all partners worldwide to help work towards the day that no child is left behind,” the EU stressed.

Children are taking over and turning the world blue – UN initiative

This year the world is going blue! The UN is 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. Going blue activities include: sharing the UN’s promo video below for Children's day, signing the global petition and going blue in support of children’s rights in social media, and much, much more.

 

 

Get involved and #GoBlue

 

Some highlights of this year’s celebrations are:

  • UNICEF appoints an Emmy-nominated actress as its youngest Goodwill Ambassador on November 20, 2018
  • Global landmarks will go blue
  • Children take over in Parliaments, schools, businesses, sports, and on news channels, television programmes and radio stations across the globe

Earlier this year High Representative Mogherini and UNICEF Executive director Fore, held a meeting in Brussels where they reaffirmed that the EU and UNICEF, as partners for children, will continue working hand-in-hand to reach the common goal of leaving no child behind.

 

Photo: AFP Forum

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