World Children’s Day is being marked today around the world. First established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day, it is celebrated on 20 November each year to “promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.”

On November 20th, 1959 the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in 1989.

In an official message released by the Pakistan Ministry of Human Rights on Twitter, Federal Minister for Human Rights, Dr. Shireen Mazari said “we must uphold our commitments to protect children against child abuse, to provide them security and an education. We have formed a National Action Plan to restrict child labor, educate all children and prevent violence against them.”

“Our future rests with our children. If we fail to give them their rights our country won’t progress,” she added.

According to the World Health Organization, “No country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment, their futures.”

UN chief, Antonio Guterres, assured children that he is with them in the fight against climate change. “This #WorldChildrensDay, my message to children and young people leading on #ClimateAction is simple: Never give up. Never retreat. Keep pushing forward. I am with you. We’re in the fight of our lives & this fight must be won,” he wrote on Twitter.


From : pk.mashable.com

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