World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children.
This year is extra special as it marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – 30 years of child rights that have helped transform children’s lives around the world.
A time to celebrate and a time to demand action. Children are telling us, loud and clear: it is time for every child, to have every right.
On 20 November, kids will stand up for their rights. What will you do?
Are you ready for World Children’s Day?
Here’s how you can get involved:
From children taking over to famous landmarks turning blue, here’s a taste of what to expect on the day.
Kids take over
Children will ‘take over’ high-visibility roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment normally held by adults to shine a spotlight on issues that matter to them.
Turn the world blue
Landmark buildings around the world will light up blue on the day to show support for child rights. From wearing something blue to decorating your classroom or office, you too can help turn the world blue. Something subtle to very visible, anything blue goes!
National summits for children
Children will participate in national summits in major capitals around the world, holding leaders to account for the promises they have made to fulfil children’s rights.
Why it's important
Over the past 30 years, children’s lives have been transformed…
More than 50%
reduction in deaths of children under 5 since 1989
the proportion of undernourished children since 1990
more people have cleaner drinking water today than in 1990
...but urgent action is needed to make sure every child, has every right.
children and youth are out of school
girls and women were married before their 18th birthday
1 in 4 children
will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040