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Universal Children's Day 2017 observed across the world

Universal Children's Day 2017 observed across the world

"I, therefore, call upon the parents, teachers, members of the civil society, NGOs, volunteers, philanthropists, global development partners, media and corporate houses to play their constructive role towards promotion and protection of the rights of children", he said in his message to the nation on Universal Children Day being observed Monday (November 20).

The event marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the mobilisation of the first World Children's Day.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child formulated over the course of a decade the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, an international binding document with legal validity which anchors the rights of children, signed by most countries.

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The Convention on the Rights of the Child is an internationally endorsed human rights treaty, which has the objectives of providing freedom and human rights to children without discrimination or violence and the right to an education, life and play.

"Today is a day to listen to these young people and also to celebrate everything that childhood should be". "We have a Child Protection Bureau but the child protection policy is not available that could explain the mechanism of the government to protect the helpless children", he said. For this, the government has undertaken all necessary measures to ensure better livelihood, education, healthcare and protection of children, he added.

For this reason, Unicef features a number of activities for the children to take part in today including taking over classes and assemblies in schools to not only voice their support but also fundraise for the issues their peers around the world experience, including early marriages and migration among others. "That member governments shall respect and promote the right of the child to participate fully in cultural and artistic life and shall encourage the provision of appropriate and equal opportunities for cultural, artistic, recreational and leisure activity".


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