Patuxay goes blue for World Children's Day 2023
Celebrating child rights & 50 years of UNICEF in Lao PDR
Lao PDR celebrated World Children’s Day 2023 by illuminating the iconic Patuxay monument in blue. This symbolic gesture not only commemorated the global observance but also marked an important milestone: the 50th year of cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Lao PDR.
The event, led by the President of Lao Women's Union and the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers, and Children (NCAWMC), alongside Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, Representative of UNICEF, was more than a ceremonial lighting: it was a powerful statement of the country's dedication to advancing the rights and well-being of every child.
Discussions at the event highlighted the significance of World Children’s Day as more than just a celebratory occasion. It was underscored as a vital reminder of our collective responsibility to future generations. Emphasizing the importance of children's rights, speakers noted that prioritizing these rights is key to shaping a more equitable and prosperous future.
This year’s celebration was particularly noteworthy for spotlighting the dynamic and powerful voices of youth. Over 120 young people from across Lao PDR participated, marking the closure of youth consultations. These consultations were a cornerstone of the celebration, showcasing young leaders who proposed innovative solutions for critical issues like environmental and climate change, online safety, and child marriage.
UNICEF's Dr. Pia Rebello Britto emphasized the urgency and hope that underpin the day's significance. She pointed out that while Lao PDR has made considerable progress in the 50 years since UNICEF's arrival, there remains a need to accelerate efforts. Her focus was on the investment in the early years of a child's life as critical for building the human capital of Lao PDR.
World Children’s Day, observed on November 20th globally, serves as a call to action for the international community to prioritize the health, education, and protection of children. This year, Lao PDR’s dedication to this cause was illuminated not just through the blue lights of Patuxay, but also through the passionate voices and innovative ideas of its youth, signaling a bright and hopeful future.