Jane Velkovski, 11-year-old disability advocate to speak at the United Nations in New York
Skopje, 15 November 2019 – This World Children’s Day, 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.
The UNICEF summit is part of celebrations marking World Children’s Day which coincides this year with the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.
“I’m really excite and to be honest a little overwhelmed because this is a huge event. But I am also happy that I will be able to tell the whole world that everyone is equal and that people with disabilities can do the same things everyone else can. And even if they can’t, that doesn't mean they can’t enjoy their lives,” said Jane Velkovski.
Jane will be speaking during the interactive segment which will feature child advocates, creative elements, musical performances and Goodwill Ambassador participation. More specifically together with four other children he will be speaking in a panel discussion titled - Leave no Child Behind: For Every Child, Every Right.
“Jane is an inspiration to us all and an example of what children can achieve when given a fair chance,” said Patrizia Di Giovanni. “We are so proud to have him sharing his message with world leaders. He shows us that like any child, children with disabilities carry the promise of happy, meaningful lives, of vital community participation, and of making contributions to build inclusive and sustainable societies for everyone.”
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. Already, 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”. More details will be announced in the lead to World Children’s Day on 20 November.
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.