UNICEF Statement on National Children’s Day in Maldives

Statement attributable to Edward Addai, Representative, UNICEF Maldives

10 May 2024
UNICEF Maldives - National Childrens Day

MALE, Maldives, May 10, 2024 - “On this National Children’s Day, UNICEF joins the Government and all partners to celebrate every child in the Maldives as well as the significant achievements the Maldives has made in supporting ever more children to survive, thrive, learn in school, and be better protected.

“As we look ahead to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal deadline, UNICEF remains committed to working with all partners to realise the rights of every child in the Maldives, including those living with disabilities and the most impoverished, and to address stubborn challenges in the areas of children’s health and education, as well as protecting them from physical harm, malnutrition and climate change. 

“As we mark this day, we also remember the children around the world, not least of whom are the children of Gaza, who are living in or fleeing conflict zones. Many are being injured or killed or losing family members. Many of them have been displaced multiple times, risking separation from their families and losing critical years of education. This is crushing their lives and their futures.

“From the outset of the Gaza crisis, UNICEF has, repeatedly, called for a ceasefire and urged world leaders to take practical actions to end the hostilities and enable children access to essential services and protection. We will not give up. We are in awe of the courageous UN staff and partners who continue, against the odds, to deliver aid to those in desperate need across Gaza.  We stand with all our colleagues serving tirelessly in Gaza, and other parts of the world, to safeguard the rights of all children.

“For every child, peace.” 

Media contacts

Aminath Jala Zuhury
Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships Specialist
UNICEF Maldives
Tel: +960 7927727
Sabrina Sidhu
Tel: +1 917 4761537


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