World Children’s Day – celebrated on 20th November – is a global day of action ‘for children, by children.’ UNICEF will continue making the voices of children heard and tirelessly advocate for the sacred child protection principle to be respected. Lebanon ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, and successive Governments have renewed their commitments to create a living-friendly environment for all children living in Lebanon.
"It’s time to put children back on the agenda. It’s time to put children first."
By Tanya Chapuisat. UNICEF Representative in Lebanon:
Tomorrow on November 20, the United Nations celebrate World Children’s Day, a global day of action ‘for children, by children.’ An annual opportunity to recommit ourselves to the equitable protection of the rights of every girl and boy.
On this Day, children around the world will unite to raise their voices in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children.
On this Day, each one of us must reflect upon our efforts to protect children and help them to reach their full potential.
The reality is, despite tremendous progress over the past decades, millions of children have their rights denied every single day. It is shocking to see that the lives of many children are still so heavily impacted by conflict, inequality, poverty, discrimination, displacement and natural disasters. Depriving children of their basic rights re-enforces the cycle of poverty and vulnerability from one generation to another. Yet we have the power to change that.
We hope you will join us to build a world where every child is in school and learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their potential, and we know you do too. It's time to put children back on the national agenda.
Children have their rights denied every single day. We want to build a world where every child is in school and learning, safe from harm and able to fulfill their potential, and we know you do too. It's time to put children back on the agenda.
Sign the petition and #GoBlue to call on world leaders to commit to fulfilling the rights of every child and acknowledge that these rights are non-negotiable.
What is the Convention on the Rights of the Child?
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights treaty in history.
The Convention changed the way children are viewed and treated – as human beings with a distinct set of rights instead of as passive objects of care and charity.
The unprecedented acceptance of the Convention clearly shows a full global commitment to advancing children's rights.
As we approach the 30th anniversary of the Convention, there is much to celebrate, from declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment, but this historic milestone must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done. Too many children still do not enjoy their full rights on par with their peers.
Business as usual is not enough to make the vision of the Convention a reality for all children. The world needs new ideas and approaches, and the Convention must become a guiding document for every human being in every nation.
"Rights" are things every child under 18 should have. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child that was signed on the 20th of November 1989. 193 countries agreed to these rights while Lebanon signed in 1990. The convention includes 54 articles and 2 optional protocols
Lebanon activities on WCD
On November 20th, children took over An Nahar newspaper, Lebanon’s leading Arabic newspaper. 44 pages were written by children, for children in support of children’s rights.
Children also met Prime Minister "Saad Hariri" to present Nahar Newspaper special issue and discuss their rights.