Skopje, 19 November 2019 – To mark World Children’s Day, tonight and tomorrow, buildings and landmarks in Skopje will be lighting up blue as a symbolic gesture of their commitment to advance the rights of children. The Government, Parliament, EU Delegation, UNICEF, TAV Macedonia with Skopje International Airport, Ministry of Education and Science, Archaeological Museum, Museum of the Macedonian struggle, Halk Bank, Chevahir Towers, the Italian Embassy and others are among those joining the initiative.
Light Up Blue for World Children’s Day is a global initiative. There are announcements that the European Parliament in Brussels, Shanghai Tower in China, Panthéon in France, Acropolis of Athens in Greece, Peace Palace in the Hague, Netherlands, Rashtrapati Bhavan in India, Petra in Jordan, Frida Kahlo House in Mexico, The Bridges on the Bosphorus in Turkey and many more iconic landmarks will light up blue in 2019.
Every year on 20 November – to mark the signing of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child - the world celebrates World Children’s Day. This year – the 30th anniversary of the Convention – is extra special and a time to make commitments that confront some of the new challenges children and young people face, and take advantage of new opportunities in the modern world.
Together with Government and in partnership with Delegation of the European Union, UNICEF in North Macedonia have organized a series of activities to mark the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Schools around the country having been writing “The future of childhood” as part of World’s Largest Lesson activities. Over 1300 children have submitted their creative works which will be featured during a high-level Government meeting “For Children, By Children”.
- Jane Velkovski, 11-year-old disability advocate from North Macedonia will be joining UNICEF at a global summit at the United Nations Headquarters in New York where children and young people will be leading a call to action to protect and promote child rights.
- A Future We Want for Children Social Media Activation Campaign has been kicked off featuring respected community members sharing their messages on the future they want for children and calling on the public to do the same.
- Children and young people will be taking over at a High-Level Government Meeting “For Children, By Children” organised by the Government in partnership with UNICEF and the EU Delegation and the Youth Education Forum.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.mk.