Day: (Universal Children’s Day to be observed today)

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day will be celebrated today (Thursday) across the globe including Pakistan to promote international togetherness and awareness among the children worldwide.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare. In some areas UNICEF holds events to draw particular attention to children’s rights.

These may be to stimulate interest in the media around the world or to start nationwide campaigns, for instance on the importance of immunizations or breastfeeding.

On November 20, 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should introduce an annual event from 1956 known as Universal Children’s Day to encourage fraternity and understanding between children all over the world and promoting the welfare of children.

It was recommended that individual countries should choose an appropriate date for this occasion. Many schools and other educational institutions make special efforts to inform children of their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Teachers stimulate their pupils to think about the differences between themselves and others and explain the idea of “rights”.

In countries where the rights of children are generally well-respected, teachers may draw attention to situations in countries where this is not the case.

Many countries, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, hold Universal Children’s Day events on November 20 to mark the anniversaries of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A key objective of Universal Children’s Day is to increase awareness of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since its adoption by the United Nations, the Convention has been signed or ratified by more countries than any other international treaty.

Over the past decade, the Convention has proven to be a valuable tool for promoting the rights of children everywhere around the world. Various public and private organizations arrange seminars, conferences, rallies, walks and interactive programmes to show the plight of those children who are deprived of basic amenities of life.

It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.

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