World Children’ Day 2020 is observed to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. The readers would know the real solution to ensure a joyful life of children.

Why Universal Children’s Day Is Celebrated on November 20? 

World Children’s Day 2020: The Celebration of Universal Children’s Day on November 20 began in 1954.  World Children’s Day inspires all of us to advocate and promote children’s rights. Know what is most appropriate for all of you to do for children.

World Children’s Day 2020: Highlights

  • UN celebrated the World Children’s Day as Universal Children’s Day on November 20 every year
  • World Children’s Day was first founded in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day
  • On this day each year, UN promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare
  • On November 20 in the year 1959 the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration of the Rights of the Child
  • In 1989 on this date the UN General Assembly accepted the Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Since 1990, World Children’s Day celebrates the anniversary on November 20 of the UN General Assembly’s Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights
  • All parts of society including parents, government, and professional play important part relevant for their locality
  • On this day people advocate and promote children’s rights to build a better world for them
  • Year 2020 sees the COVID-19 crisis as a child rights crisis and needs to address
  • It’s time to adopt right method of worship of the Supreme God Kabir by taking name initiation from Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj to avoid crisis 

Why UN Agency UNICEF Stepped In for Children?

Post-World War II, the condition of children in Europe was dangerous, and the United Nations’ new agency stepped in to support those children for food, clothing, and health care.

In 1953, as a permanent part of the UN, UNICEF started a campaign worldwide against scarring disease concerning numerous children. In 1959, the UN General Assembly embraced a Declaration of the Rights of the Child for protection, education, health care, shelter, and good nutrition. UNICEF worked for more than a decade by focusing on child health issues. UNICEF grew its area to speak to the needs of the whole child and concern with education, support for teacher training, and classroom equipment.

World Children’s Day 2020 Theme

This year the theme of the World Children’s Day 2020 is ” Investing in our future means investing in our children”

When and Why Is World Children’s Day Celebrated?

The UN celebrates the World Children’s Day as Universal Children’s Day on November 20 every year. World Children’s Day was first established in 1954. On November 20 in the year 1959 the UN General Assembly approved the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. In 1989 on this date the UN General Assembly accepted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, World Children’s Day is commemorated on November 20 to mark the anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.

What Is the Aim of World Children’s Day?

On this day each year, the United Nations (UN) promotes international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, encourages and organizes this special day, which also makes efforts towards cultivating children’s welfare.

What Are UNICEF’s Achievements?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989) is the guiding force for UNICEF. The Convention proved to be the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty. The Convention transformed the way children are regarded and handled as human beings with a definite set of rights rather than mere objects of care and charity. The whole world has shown unprecedented acceptance of the Convention to advance children’s rights. Much has been achieved from falling infant mortality to rising school admission. The convention has much remaining to be performed.

In 1965, UNICEF achieved the Nobel Peace Prize “for the Promotion of brotherhood among nations.” At present, UNICEF is active in more than 190 countries and territories to support the most vulnerable and excluded children.

What Is the Present State of the World’s Children?

Each child must have access to health, education, and protection. Every society should expand children’s opportunities in life. But millions of children in the world are deprived of a reasonable chance due to their birth in a country, gender, or circumstances.

The children are affected with Poverty disproportionately. Around the world, 20 percent of children live in extreme poverty, surviving only on less than US$1.90 a day. Their parents cannot manage to pay for their basic health care and nutrition needed. These deprivations affect their lives badly and for example in year 2019, 149 million children under the age of five were underdeveloped worldwide.

However, there was a great growth in school enrolment in various parts globally, still 175 million children could not be admitted in pre-primary education. A 2017 UNESCO report indicates that 60 percent children left primary school without attaining minimum competence levels in reading and mathematics. 

More than two decades ago, the world raised voice against the use of children in armed conflict. Since then, many children have been released as an outcome of the UN Security Council actions. Yet a serious challenge remains to protect children affected by armed conflict. Even today, more than 250 million children remain affected by armed conflict.

One billion children face emotional, physical, or sexual violence every year. The situation is alarming as one out of five children die from violence every five minutes.

Violence against children takes place in institutions, in schools, and at home. Cyberbullying is growing that makes peer violence a big concern. Children face violence for reasons such as living in isolation, loneliness, and fear without knowing sources of help. The risk of violence varies with the children’s age, vulnerability, gender, disability, poverty, nationality, or religious origin.

In 2006, the UN Study presented a set of recommendations to eliminate violence against children; and the UN Secretary-General appointed a person to effective implementation and monitoring.

How the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals Care for Children?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) prioritizes many matters affecting the lives of children, young people and their families. There is remarkable progress in decreasing preventable child deaths, more admissions of children into schools, lessening extreme poverty and providing safe water and nutritious food.

There remain many pressing issues including tackling inequalities, economic growth, protecting children from violence and preventing climate change that were not satisfactorily included in the MDGs.

In September of 2015, the UN adopted the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have pledged to end poverty by 2030. The UN strives for making serious efforts to tackle following situations:

  • 52 million children may die before reaching their fifth birthday between 2019 and 2030.
  • In Sub-Saharan Africa, the death toll may increase to 16 times as compared to high-income countries.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa nine out of ten children live in extreme poverty
  • More than 60 million primary school-aged children may leave the school.
  • 150 + million girls may marry before their 18th birthday by 2030.

Why UN System Works for Children?

The United Nations is engaged in improving the state of children in a wide spectrum. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) focuses on education; the International Labour Organisation (ILO) works to abolish child labor, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) run the Children and Youth Program, the World Food Programme (WFP)  cares the nutritional work for mothers and young children and the last but not the least the World Health Organization (WHO) campaigns for disease-eradication.

What Can We Do on Children’s Day?

We as, mothers and fathers, educators, health workers, rulers and civil society campaigners, devout and civic elders, corporate tycoons and media authorities, the youth and children themselves, can utilize the November 20 day to visualize the children’s future we want to see and the actions necessary to initiate suiting to their local needs and resources. 

World Children’s Day approaches all of us in a stimulating effort to encourage, boost and commemorate children’s rights, discuss priorities and decide upon actions to build a better tomorrow for children.

Why World Children’s Day Becomes Significant Amid COVID-19 Pandemic?

The year 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has already resulted in a child rights crisis badly. The pandemic has created all sorts of emergencies for children’s right of education, nutritious food, economic independence, and happy living. The coronavirus outbreaks may deepen many society issues such as child labor, children early death and children violence.  The responsible citizens may think about deploying innovative means and technologies to cut down the effects. On 20 November, it is time to revisit to pre visualize the type of world we want to recreate during the extraordinary situation of COVID-19. 

What Can Be a Real Solution for Children’s Joyful Living?

The children should be encouraged to adopt the True Devotion (Sat-Bhakti) of the Absolute Sat Kabir or Allahu Akbar. The True Devotion starts by taking name initiation from Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj. The regular practice of Sat – Sadhna and Satguru’s Blessings eliminates the bad effects of accumulated sin and bestows joyful living and ultimately the seeker attains salvation. For more read Sacred Book Way of Living and visit Satlok Ashram YouTube Channel.        

World Children’s Day Quotes

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. – Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Children are like buds in a garden and should be carefully and lovingly nurtured, as they are the future of the nation and the citizens of tomorrow. Only through right education can a better order of society be built up. — Jawaharlal Nehru

A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. — Paulo Coelho

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. — Rabindranath Tagore

The secret of genius is to preserve the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. – Aldous Huxley

We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. — Margaret Mead