Sunday 20th November marks the UN’s Universal Children’s DayÂ – the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It’s a chance to celebrate the progress that has been made all over the world in defending children’s rights and enabling children to grow and thrive. But it’s also a poignant reminder that the rights of millions of children are still in jeopardy. As the UN acknowledges, over 50 million children have been uprooted from their homes due to conflict, poverty and climate change and millions more are facing unspeakable violence in their communities. Around 263 million children are out of school and last year nearly six million children under five died from mostly preventable diseases.
This Sunday, let’s celebrate and give thanks to God for the children whose lives are better and more secure because of the work of UNICEF and of our own partners. But let’s also seek God’s blessing and protection on the millions who are still at risk, and commit ourselves afresh to serving the most vulnerable of children.