20 of November: anniversary of the UN Convention on the rights of the child adopted in 1989. One echo from Canada.
The 20 of November marks Universal Children’s Day. This is the anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted in 1989, the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children: every child, everywhere, has the right to survive, grow and be protected from all forms of violence.
“Violence against children does more than harm individual children, it undermines the fabric of society, affecting productivity, well-being, and prosperity,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Anthony Lake said. “No society can afford to ignore violence against children.”
During this year UNICEF launched the #ENDViolence Against Children campaign. It urges public acknowledgement of the problem of violence against children and encourages support and engagement with local movements to address a compelling global issue.
UNICEF Canada celebrates National Child Day and Universal Children's Day worldwide by empowering young people to mark the day with "Bring your MP to School Day" that gives students across the country the opportunity to meet and converse with their Members of Parliament to highlight issues that matter most to them. During the "Bring your MP to School Day" students discussed issues ranging from Canada's Northern sovereignty to homelessness, to global issues such as those affected by Typhoon Haiyan and the ongoing conflict in Syria.