November 20, 2015

November 20 - Universal Children's Day
November 20 – Universal Children’s Day

History of This Celebration

Universal Children’s Day is observed worldwide every November 20th as a special day to acknowledge the importance of actively promoting the welfare of the world’s children. This day also commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Established in 1954 by the United Nations (UN), Universal Children’s Day aims to promote the welfare of children and encourage understanding between children all over the world. It was on this day in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child that would specify the rights to which all children are entitled. On November 20, 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN to create a legally binding agreement on rights for children.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child marked the transition from addressing children’s immediate needs through charity, to spurring the movement towards advocacy that would bring about a systematic change for the achievement of children’s rights. Through this historical event, the world made a promise to children that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential. Universal Children’s Day was not solely intended as a day to celebrate children for who they are, but to build awareness for children around the globe and their rights. To acknowledge those that have succumbed to violence in forms of abuse, exploitation and discrimination, and to increase awareness on a child’s right to education, healthcare, and to participate in decisions that will impact their lives.

At Epic, Children Are Everything

At Epic Health Services, children are at the heart of everything we do. Each child is cared for as if they were our very own and we strive to improve the lives of every child, regardless of their medical situation. Join us in celebrating Universal Children’s Day today and every November 20th.