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Kids Take Over on #WorldChildrensDay

November 21, 2017


Across the globe, children are facing some of the world's biggest problems, but they don't have a voice on the world stage. That's why on November 20, World Children's Day — the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the groundbreaking international human rights treaty — children spoke out in solidarity with the most disadvantaged and vulnerable children. 


For one day, they took over high-visibility roles in schools, media, politics, business, sports and entertainment to shine a spotlight on the most pressing challenges faced by their generation. Because every day children have a lot to say about how they're making the world a better place.




Every day nearly 16,000 children under 5 die needlessly from preventable diseases. One in four children globally is malnourished. Millions miss a chance to learn. Hundreds of millions are affected by violence, poverty, conflict or crises. 


Kids want to help other kids. And they don't want to wait until they're grown up to get started. 


#WorldChildrensDay isn't just a hashtag: It's a call to action for children, by children — demanding a better future for every child. 


Because every day should be World Children's Day.






Top photo: Since August, well over half a million Rohingya people have fled horrific violence in Myanmar, pouring over the border into the Cox's Bazar district of Bangladesh. UNICEF is offering counseling and setting up transitional learning centers and Child-Friendly Spaces equipped with School-in-a-Box kits and art supplies to make sure Rohingya children keep learning, even in the midst of a humanitarian crisis. © UNICEF/UN0141031/LeMoyne