(KPL) The occasion of World Children’s Day, celebrated on Nov 20 under the slogan ‘Go blue for every child’, the Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Vice President of the National Commission for the Advancement of Women, Mothers and Children (NCAWMC), Mr Alounkeo Kittikhoun, and Dr. Octavian Bivol, UNICEF Representative lighted Patuxay monument in blue in support of the realisation of children’s rights in the country.
November 20 is the day when the most widely ratified human right treaty in history, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), was adopted. It is a day to celebrate the progress made for children and address the work that still needs to be done.
World Children’s Day reminds us of the importance of putting children first. Everyone has an important role to play in prioritizing children’s right to a brighter future, including the Government, development partners and the society as a whole. If we give children a fair chance, they will develop to their full potential, said Mr Alounkeo Kittikhoun, Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office and Vice President of the NCAWMC.
World Children’s Day is an annual global moment ‘for children, by children’ where children from around the world come together and take action to help save children’s lives and fight for their rights.
This year, the world is coming together on World Children’s Day to help build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential. If we look at the situation of children in Laos, there has been important progress over the last years, including more children surviving, less children being malnourished, and more children going to school. Yet, an important number of children are suffering multiple deprivations. The most vulnerable children require our immediate support, stated Dr. Octavian Bivol, UNICEF Representative.
To mark this important occasion, children are taking over media outlets, including the Lao National Radio and the Lao National Television; and social media platforms to speak out about the issues they face in the country and call on leaders to take action.
People can also support the Go Blue movement by signing the blue visual petition which asks for leaders’ recommitment to making child rights a priority in their agenda: https://www.unicef.org/worldchildrensday#petition
Source: Lao News Agency