Universal Children's Day, November 20th
The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted by the General Assembly on November 20, 1959, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was approved by the same body on November 20, 1989. Many countries celebrate a Children’s Day, following a General Assembly Resolution urging them to do so.
For Universal Children's Day, November 20, you can:
- Urge your organization to put the date on its calendar.
- Plan a party for children and their families, centered around the theme.
- Seek ideas from children about how they would like to have the day commemorated.
- Hold a rally or symposium around the theme of children's rights and the CRC. Our Toolkit and our Power Point presentation may help you in these efforts.
- Urge your local media to celebrate the day, write articles for them to publish.
- Obtain a proclamation from your city council or even your State legislature, commemorating Universal Children's Day.
- Write an article, or have students write essays, about children's rights around the world, mentioning the CRC and the fact that the United States has not yet ratified it.
- Plan an activity in your place of worship by celebrating a Day of Prayer and Action for Children.