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World must listen to voices of young people

On November 20 we’re celebrating #WorldChildren’sDay by listening to the voices of children and young people. Our youth will be living with the impacts of Covid-19 and the climate crisis for years to come, but they are sounding the alarm, as they also have solutions. It’s time for generations to come together to reimagine the type of world we want to create, a better world for the health and wellbeing of our children. “2020 has been challenging, so this World Children’s Day it’s more important than ever for young people to speak out on the issues that affect them,” said UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Millie Bobby Brown. “All around the world, children and young people are coming up with creative solutions to today’s problems, including climate change and remote learning during the pandemic. I’m excited to join other UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors to use our voices to help lift up theirs.” It’s time for generations to come together to reimagine the type of world we want to create, a better world for the health and wellbeing of our children. Check out the UNICEF website to see how you can get involved, watch Voice of Youth interviews and see children take over high-visibility roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to highlight issues that are important to them. Landmark buildings around the world will light up blue on the day to show support for child rights. So wear something blue, change your profile picture online and help raise awareness.  

UNICEF and partners are calling on governments to adopt a Six-Point Plan to protect our children:

  1. Ensure all children learn, including by closing the digital divide.
  2. Guarantee access to health and nutrition services and make vaccines affordable and available to every child.
  3. Support and protect the mental health of children and young people and bring an end to abuse, gender-based violence, and neglect in childhood.
  4. Increase access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and address environmental degradation and climate change.
  5. Reverse the rise in child poverty and ensure an inclusive recovery for all.
  6. Redouble efforts to protect and support children and their families living through conflict, disaster and displacement.
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November 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.