Join us on World Children’s Day – 20 November

Get ready for the global day of action for child rights.

World Children's Day 2019
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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:

CHILDREN
Know your rights and speak out #WorldChildrensDay
PARENTS
Help your children know their rights
TEACHERS
Get the World Children’s Day lesson plan
BUSINESS
Host a children’s take over
GOVERNMENTS
Support the global pledge

#WorldChildrensDay

From children taking over to famous landmarks turning blue, here’s a taste of what to expect on the day.

World Children's Day 2019: Kids take over
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. 

World Children's Day 2019: Turning the world blue
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!

World Children's Day 2019: National summits
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. 

 

Looking for inspiration? See the highlights from World Children’s Day last year. 

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 1990

More than 50%
reduction in deaths of children under 5 since 1989

Almost halved the proportion of undernourished children since 1990

Almost halved
the proportion of undernourished children since 1990

2.6 billion more people have cleaner drinking water today than in 1990

2.6 billion
more people have cleaner drinking water today than in 1990

...but urgent action is needed to make sure every child, has every right.

262 million children and youth are out of school

262 million
children and youth are out of school

650 million girls and women were married before their 18th birthday

650 million 
girls and women were married before their 18th birthday

1 in 4 children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040

1 in 4 children
will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040

Kids are acting now for a better tomorrow.
What will you do?