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Universal Children's Day
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On the 14th December 1954, the General Assembly
recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's
Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding
between children. 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.
The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day
be observed on the date and in the way which each considers appropriate.
The date 20 November, marks the day on which the Assembly adopted
of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the
Rights of the Child, in 1989.
In 2000 world leaders outlined Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) – which range from halving extreme
poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal
primary education, all by the target date of 2015. Though the Goals
are for all humankind, they are primarily about children. UNICEF
notes that six of the eight goals relate directly to children and
meeting the last two will also make critical improvements in their
lives. (MDGs, UNICEF.)
"We will have time to reach the Millennium
Development Goals – worldwide and in most, or even all, individual
countries – but only if we break with business as usual.
We cannot win overnight. Success will require sustained action across
the entire decade between now and the deadline. It takes time to
train the teachers, nurses and engineers; to build the roads, schools
and hospitals; to grow the small and large businesses able to create
the jobs and income needed. So we must start now. And we must more
than double global development assistance over the next few years.
Nothing less will help to achieve
United Nations Secretary-General