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Volkan Bozkir, President of the 75th session of the General Assembly delivers a message on World Children's Day
20 Nov 2020 -  World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November 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, World 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.
World Children's Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.

  This World Children’s Day it is more important than ever that we re-commit to upholding the rights of children as the COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on them.
School closures have disrupted the learning of more than 90% of students worldwide. For half of these children, distance learning is simply not an option as they do not have access to the internet at home.
School is not just a place for learning and development, it is also the structure for universal immunization, and for 368 million children, it is where they receive their main source of daily nutrition.
Now that children are home, many – in particular girls – may never return to school as households are subjected to income shocks, which threaten to plunge their families into poverty.
Home is not always the safest place for children either. Around the world, lockdowns have heightened the risk of children witnessing or suffering violence or abuse. A lack of face-to-face interaction and decreased physical activity has led to an increase in anxiety, depression and loneliness amongst children.
For the most vulnerable children, including those with disabilities, children living in conflict areas, slums, and camp settings, COVID-19 has made life even more difficult. Children are the future and we cannot give up on them at a time of crisis. To the contrary, we must prioritise the continuity of child-centred services with a focus on equity of access. We must ensure equality between girls and boys. We must bridge the digital divide. We must uphold the rights the General Assembly adopted more than three decades ago.
Our efforts today to recover better, will pave the way for a brighter future for every child, everywhere.
Thank you.