200,000 children in Ho Chi Minh City celebrate World Children’s Day by taking action to protect the environment

16 November 2020
200,000 children in Ho Chi Minh City celebrate World Children’s Day  by taking action to protect the environment
UNICEF Viet Nam\Ly Quan Huu An

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM, 15 November 2020 – Hundreds of children in Ho Chi Minh City gathered today in an event to review a month of activism for the environment and to celebrate the World Children’s Day. Launched on 19 October by UNICEF and the city’s Youth Union, the campaign engaged 200,000 children across Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) to take action to protect the environment. Over the past month, children and adolescents, in all of the city’s 24 districts took part in activities that promote the protection of environment and practiced green behaviors such as cleaning the beaches, planting trees, not littering in public spaces, reducing plastic waste, sorting waste and washing hands with soap properly.

As part of the campaign, more than 250 mangrove trees were planted in Can Gio forest – the green lung of HCMC – beaches were cleaned up, hundreds of seedlings were given out freely to plant, and thousands of drawings and photos were taken by children and adolescents to promote environmental protection.

“Every child has the right to grow up in a safe and clean environment. If children commit to keep their city green, clean and beautiful, the whole community will follow. This anniversary is just one stop on a journey, rather than a destination. It allows us to celebrate, reimagine and take on the challenges of climate change and a clean, green and safe environment for every child. I’m full of hope and enthusiasm for the changes that our children will bring to Ho Chi Minh City and Viet Nam at large”, said Rana Flowers, Representative, UNICEF Viet Nam.

Participating in today’s event, children have a chance to enjoy a photo exhibition by their peers on environmental issues. They may also participate in recreational activities such as "Junior Environment Ambassador" contest, mini workshop for canvas bags painting as well as improving their knowledge on waste sorting and recycling, and skills in tree planting.

In her remarks, Tran Thu Ha, Deputy Secretary of HCMC’s Youth Union,  Chairperson of Young Pioneer Council expressed that through the campaign she expected that children in the city would stop littering in the public, keep sharing their environmental protection activities on social media and sustain their green activities. “Each Young Pioneer member will be an advocate, mobilizing their families, friends and community to take action to keep the environment clean”, she said.

World Children’s Day is celebrated around the world to mark the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. The theme of the campaign in Ho Chi Minh City  is “For a green, clean and safe Viet Nam for every child”. The celebration is meant to be a ‘day for children, by children’ and for them to feel inspired to take action.

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