30 Kilometers of Peace and Children's Rights

30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

26 July 2019
Swim Of Peace Ion Lazarenco
UNICEF/Moldova/2019/Dinu Bubulici

Molovata, 25 July 2019. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Molovata Village in Dubasari District hosted today a unique activity. Ion Lazarenco Tiron, open water swimmer who, on the first attempt, managed to swim the 7 channels, also called Oceans Seven challenge, swam 30 km along the Nistru River to promote the message of peace and children’s rights.

The route started at 6 o’clock in the morning near Jora de Mijloc Village in Orhei District and took longer than 8 hours. Swimmer’s security on the route was ensured by the Civil Protection and Exceptional Situations Service. He arrived at Molovata Village at around 2.30 p.m., being welcomed by more than 100 children, who applauded the swimmer’s performance. They, also, performed the song ‘Imagine’ by John Lennon.

‘For our continuity, we must understand that we need peace’, said Ion Lazarenco Tiron at the end of the swimming route. When asked if he would ever abandon open waters swimming, Ion Lazarenco said: ‘I will continue it my whole life. Peace begins with us because we owe it to this land’.

‘Music and sport can help stop intolerance and hate, so that all children feel safe – at home, in school, and in the community. There is no better way to build a future than through children because they are the leaders and decision-makers of tomorrow’, said Desiree Jongsma, UNICEF Country Representative.

‘Creation of a child-friendly environment for good development, an environment without violence, abuse and neglect is the obligation of each adult. We can provide children the necessary conditions and climate only through our – adults – assumed involvement. Today’s event, the beautiful act of Mr. Ion Lazarenco Tiron, is an urge to promote peace, tolerance, and inclusion’, said Maia Banarescu, People’s Advocate for Child’s Rights in the Republic of Moldova.

The event at Molovata was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Research, local authorities from the Molovata Village and Dubasari District.

About the Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UN Convention was adopted on 20 November 1989. The Republic of Moldova adhered to this Convention in 1993 after it had been ratified by the Parliament. This means that national and local authorities and the civil society must join efforts in order to ensure that the rights of all children in our country are respected in terms of access to education, health, the right to family and violence-free environment, the right to survival, as well as the right to opinion and free speech among others.

About Ion Lazarenco Tiron

Ion Lazarenco Tiron is one of the few people in the world who, on the first attempt, managed to swim the 7 channels, also called the Oceans Seven challenge: The English Channel, Strait of Gibraltar, North Channel, Catalina Channel, Moloka’i Channel, Tsugaru Strait, and Cook Strait. The World Open Water Swimming Association declared him the 2018 Man of the Year, and at the beginning of this year, he was declared the official candidate of the Republic of Moldova for the Nobel Peace Prize.       


About La La Play Voices

The ‘La La Play’ Voices choir was established in 2018 to promote diversity and inclusion through music, gathering 20 children from 12 Moldovan settlements. This year, the initiative was extended and the choir gathered 130 children, selected this year from all 32 districts of the country, including Gagauzia and the left bank of the Nistru River.



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