To reimagine a better post-pandemic world on UNICEF’s annual World Children’s Day, stars and leaders around the world joined children and young people.
UNICEF celebrated world children’s day on 20 November and now in its fourth year, it aims to raise awareness and funds for the millions of children. Moreover, it’s for children who are denied their right to adequate health care, nutrition, education and protection. Also, it will give a platform to children themselves to speak up for their rights.
Many events and activities took place virtually and online as the covid – 19 pandemic continues to cause disruption across the globe.
Conversation with children and young people
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors Ishmael Beah, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, Millie Bobby Brown, Priyanka Chopra Jonas took part in conversions with children and young people. Along with them, UNICEF USA Ambassador Halima Aden, UNICEF South Aisa Ambassador Sachin Tendulkar and UNICEF supporters Gemma Chan, Liam Payne, Alejandro Sanz and Thalia also united with children and young people. The issues included the Covid – 19 pandemic, climate change and education and how they would reimagine a better future. With recorded video messages to inspire young people, UNICEF East Asia Ambassador Siwon Choi and UNICEF China Ambassador Wang Yuan (Roy Wang) also showed their support.
Children’s views and need for participation
Around the world, in countries children met with the Presidents of Madagascar, Malawi and Suriname, and the Prime Minister of Cote d’Ivoire and Ireland. They discussed their views and the need for their participation in post-pandemic recovery plans. Also, in countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Ethiopia, India, Italy, Montenegro, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine, Zambia and Zimbabwe, ministers or other parliamentarians met with children.
Moreover, iconic landmarks around the world turned blue in a world children’s day tradition. It also included Rashtrapati Bhavan in India, Petra in Jordon, the Dragon Bridge in Viet Nam. Also, landmarks turned blue across Afghanistan, Argentina, Denmark, Georgia, Malawi Pakistan, Sweden, Timor Leste, Turkey and Zimbabwe.
World Children’s day to reimagine a better future
To help children reimagine a better future, businesses and organisations showed their support. It includes Amadeus, Beko, FC Barcelona, IKEA, Johnson & Johnson, LEGO group and LEGO Foun, Louis Vuitton, Moncler, Novo Nordisk, jewellery brand Pandora, Sesame Workshop and Vivendi, and brand owners of the iconic bear Paddington.
Children took over newsrooms, newspapers and broadcast studios in democratic Republic of Congo, Romania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and elsewhere to report on issues that matter to them.
Over 30 countries unite for a better world for every child
Hundreds of young people from more than 30 countries shared illustrations to reimagine a better world for every child. This was done as part of world children’s day global illustration challenge. The challenge was launched in October by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Millie Bobby Brown.
To help raise children and young people’s voices, a number of UNICEF Youth Advocates were appointed around the world. Which includes –
- Argentina: Nicole Becker 19
- Belize: Renata Samuels, 24
- Canada: Alexander Reed, 19; Olivia Lam, 20; Reeana Tazreean, 18; Saara Chaudry, 16; Abram IIcisin, 17; Alexis John, 15
- Sudan : Enas Yousif, 20; Makhtoum Abdalla, 17; Monzi Mohammed Awad, 17
- Tanzania: Abigail Chamungwana, 17; Emmanuel Cosmas Msoka, 17; Emmanuel Cosmas Msoka, 17
- Togo -Abra Rosaline Tsekpuia, 22; Rahille Mijiyawa, 22; Nihade Assoumanou, 22; Komlavi Donald Adzonou, 23
- Trinidad and Tobago: Priyanka Lalla, 14
- Zimbabwe: Nikosilathi (Nkosi)Nyathi
World Children’s day to speak up
UNICEF Deputy Executive Director of Partnership Charlotte Patri Gornitzka said, “2020 has been especially difficult for children and young people as they grapple with effects of Covid – 19. Throughout, they have not had enough of a voice in being able to shape today’s response for what will continue to be tomorrow’s challenges. We hope this world children’s day is not just a day for children to speak about it. But it helps to spark a dialogue that gives children a greater voice now and for the crucial years to come.”