It’s World Children’s Day

For every child, every right.

World Children's Day 2019
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Discover what’s happening this World Children’s Day – UNICEF’s global 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. Kids are taking a stand around the world to say: it is time for every child, to have every right.

#WorldChildrensDay around the world

Kids are speaking up. Kids are demanding their 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 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