The 20th of November marks the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund’s (Unicef) World Children’s Day. Unicef calls this day an annual day of action for children, by children.
The United Nations (UN) explains that this date is significant as it was the day that the General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child thirty years later.
In its video titled “Masked not muted” Unicef says that this day should be celebrated by reimagining a better world for every child. It has asked governments to adopt the following Six Point Plan:
- Ensure all children learn, including by closing the digital divide.
- Guarantee access to health and nutrition services, and make vaccines affordable and available to every child.
- Support and protect the mental health of children and young people and bring an end to abuse, gender-based violence, and neglect in childhood.
- Increase access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene and address environmental degradation and climate change.
- Reverse the rise in child poverty and ensure an inclusive recovery for all.
- Redouble efforts to protect and support children and their families living through conflict, disaster and displacement.
“This year, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in a child rights crisis. The costs of the pandemic for children are immediate and, if unaddressed, may last a lifetime,” the UN says.