What is World Children's Day? What do we celebrate on Children's Day?

World Children’s Day (also known as Universal Children’s Day or International Children’s Day) is celebrated on 20 November and is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children.

It’s a fun day with a serious message, with 20 November marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history, the Convention sets out the rights of children, such as the right to healthcare, education, clean water, protection from violence – and the right to have their say in decisions that affect them.

The day is marked with a range of events worldwide – in schools, communities, businesses and governments.
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What you can do to celebrate World Children's Day

In 2019, World Children's Day marked 30 years since the General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. While a lot of progress has been made for children in the past 30 years, there’s still more to do. 
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In 2019, we changed one little letter to make on big statement: #WorldChildrensSay.
We called on children and young people to tell the world how they'd change the world.

On World Children's Day, children and young people from across Australia spoke up about the issues that were important to them - from equality to the environment to education. 

Why? Because the only thing more important than a day when we celebrate children, is a day when we listen to children. 

See what everyone said

But that's not all...

  • Kids aged 5-12 living in Perth were also invited to attend the Perth Child Voice Conference on Sunday 17 November. Organised by UNICEF and the University of Western Australia, the conference was an opportunity for kids to have their say on issues facing the planet.
  • Children took part in an activity station drawing what they would change to make the world a better place at the Qantas Domestic Terminal Airport in Sydney. The station was made possible thanks to Qantas, IKEA and Sydney Airport.