The Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted 26 years ago today – 20 November – marks Universal Children’s Day. Perhaps this year more than any other we are drawn to images of suffering children. Be it by hunger, war’s displacement, neglect, abuse, child labour, or trafficking, we are failing our children.
Children make up 50% of the globe’s impoverished, and 250 million live in war zones. Refugees and migrant children’s lives, education, health, sanitation, and hopes are decimated and represent the most vulnerable.
Diplomat Artists who are UNICEF Ambassadors working on behalf of the most vulnerable children on the Fight Unfair Campaign are embracing social media in their efforts. Included are: Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Sir Roger Moore, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Priyanka Chopra, Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kidjo.
“It is shocking to think that one in nine children lives in a country affected by armed conflict, witnessing horrific violence and having their rights to survival, health and education destroyed,” said British actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom. (See: “ On Universal Children’s Day, UN says World Remains Deeply Unfair Place for Children.)
These children are our future. Their education is a human right. Lack of hunger is a human right. (See: “Is Education a Human Right?) Hope for a better future is also their human right and our collective global responsibility.
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