Iconic landmarks around the world turned blue to mark World Children’s Day today, as UNICEF celebrated the 31st anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most widely ratified human rights treaty in history.
In Prague, will be lit up in blue the Petrin Tower, the Dancing House, and the Karolinum.
World Children’s Day – celebrated on 20th November every year – aims to raise awareness and funds for the millions of children that are denied their right to adequate health care, nutrition, education and protection.
“Around the world, children and young people are taking the lead and demanding urgent action on the issues they care about, like the climate crisis, the rise of mental illness and the lack of opportunities,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
“This World Children’s Day provides world leaders with a momentous opportunity to heed these calls and recommit to the rights of every child now and for future generations.”
VICTIMS TO PANDEMIC
“This is a universal crisis and, for some children, the impact will be lifelong,” said the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in an October report.
Such an impact is first of all evident in the number of children infected with the deadly virus. For example, following school reopening, several African countries have witnessed soaring infections in students.
Around 150 million additional children are living in multidimensional poverty due to the pandemic, UNICEF said in its October report, adding the percentage of children lacking access to education or health services will rise from 47 percent to 56 percent in the post-pandemic era.