World Children’s Day
World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children. This year is extra special as it marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – 30 years of child rights that have helped transform children’s lives around the world. A time to celebrate and a time to demand action. Children are telling us, loud and clear: it is time for every child, to have every right. On 20 November, kids will stand up for their rights. What will you do? Are you ready for World Children’s Day? Here’s how you can get involved: • CHILDREN : Know your rights and speak out #WorldChildrensDay • PARENTS: Help your children know their rights • TEACHERS : Get the World Children’s Day lesson plan • BUSINESS : Host a children’s take over • GOVERNMENTS : Support the global pledge Why it's important Over the past 30 years, children’s lives have been transformed… • More than 50% reduction in deaths of children under 5 since 1989 • Almost halved the proportion of undernourished children since 1990 • 2.6 billion more people have cleaner drinking water today than in 1990 ...but urgent action is needed to make sure every child, has every right. #WorldChildrensDay From children taking over to famous landmarks turning blue, here’s a taste of what to expect on the day. • Kids take over : Children will ‘take over’ high-visibility roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment normally held by adults to shine a spotlight on issues that matter to them. • Turn the world blue : Landmark buildings around the world will light up blue on the day to show support for child rights. From wearing something blue to decorating your classroom or office, you too can help turn the world blue. Something subtle to very visible, anything blue goes! • National summits for children : Children will participate in national summits in major capitals around the world, holding leaders to account for the promises they have made to fulfill children’s rights. THE CHANGING FACE OF MALNUTRITION : THE STATE OF THE WORLD'S CHILDREN 2019 When you picture child malnutrition, what do you see? Twenty years ago, the image was arresting: a dangerously underweight child who wasn’t getting enough to eat.