United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

The theme for 2017 was #KidsTakeOver. As Justin Forsyth UNICEF Deputy Executive Director said “World Children’s Day will be a day for children, by children.”

Hyderabad Children’s Federation Meets The Press On Universal Children’s Day 2017

Further to the consultation between children and GHMC Corporators, The Hyderabad Children’s Federation called for a Press Meet on Universal Children’s Day.

The children demanded that their voices be heard by the Government and policy makers.

They requested for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to set up a Help Desk for children and to initiate Balala Vaani – a regular meeting between children and GHMC officials.

Divya Disha

Divya Disha is a Non-Governmental organization that uses a rights based approach in our work with children and young people.