UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY: NOVEMBER 20, 2014

 

UNIVERSAL CHILDREN’S DAY

Quick Facts

The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day is an occasion to promote the welfare of children and an understanding between children all over the world. It is held on November 20 each year

Local names

Name Language
Universal Children’s Day English
Día Universal del Niño Spanish
יום הילד האוניברסלי Hebrew
عيد الطفولة Arabic
어린이날 Korean
Weltkindertag German

Universal Children’s Day 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Universal Children’s Day 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

The United Nations’ (UN) Universal Children’s Day, which was established in 1954, is celebrated on November 20 each year to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide. UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day, which also works towards improving children’s welfare.

Universal Children’s Day promotes the welfare of and understanding between children.

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What do people do?

Many schools and other educational institutions make a special effort to inform children of their rights according to the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Teachers stimulate their pupils to think about the differences between themselves and others and explain the idea of “rights”. In countries where the rights of children are generally well-respected, teachers may draw attention to situations in countries where this is not the case.

In some areas UNICEF holds events to draw particular attention to children’s rights. These may be to stimulate interest in the media around the world or to start nationwide campaigns, for instance on the importance of immunizations or breastfeeding.

Many countries, including Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, hold Universal Children’s Day events on November 20 to mark the anniversaries of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. However, other countries hold events on different dates, such as the fourth Wednesday in October (Australia) and November 14 (India). Universal Children’s Day is not observed in the United States, although a similar observance, National Child’s Day, is held on the first Sunday in June.

Public life

Universal Children’s Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

On December 14, 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should introduce an annual event from 1956 known as Universal Children’s Day to encourage fraternity and understanding between children all over the world and promoting the welfare of children. It was recommended that individual countries should choose an appropriate date for this occasion.

At the time, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Children’s Day on an “appropriate” date. Many of the countries respected this recommendation and the Universal Children’s Day has since been annually observed on November 20. There are however, some countries, such as Australia and India, which still chose various different dates during the year to celebrate this day.

On November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on November 20, 1989, it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

Symbols

Universal Children’s Day is part of the work carried out by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund. UNICEF’s logo consists of an image of a mother and child, a globe, olive branches and the word “UNICEF”. All parts of the logo are in UN’s blue color, although it may be presented in white on a blue background.

Universal Children’s Day Observances

 

Weekday Date Year Name Holiday type Where it is observed
Tue Nov 20 1990 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 1991 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 1992 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sat Nov 20 1993 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sun Nov 20 1994 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Mon Nov 20 1995 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 1996 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 1997 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 1998 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sat Nov 20 1999 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Mon Nov 20 2000 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Tue Nov 20 2001 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 2002 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 2003 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sat Nov 20 2004 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sun Nov 20 2005 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Mon Nov 20 2006 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Tue Nov 20 2007 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 2008 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 2009 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sat Nov 20 2010 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sun Nov 20 2011 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Tue Nov 20 2012 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 2013 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Thu Nov 20 2014 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 2015 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Sun Nov 20 2016 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Mon Nov 20 2017 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Tue Nov 20 2018 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Wed Nov 20 2019 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance
Fri Nov 20 2020 Universal Children’s Day United Nations observance

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