Every November 20th since 1954, The World Health Organisation, UNICEF, and other organisations have recognised World Children’s Day. Historically, it is an important date as it was when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
This year’s theme is Inclusion, For Every Child. There are a huge number of global events occurring to mark the occasion and it is also an opportunity to pause for reflection. At this time, there are a huge number of issues facing our world, be it medically, environmentally, or socially. It is important to recognise the voices of our youth who will inherit our everchanging world and promote what they want for their future.
As a medical student or practitioner, World Children’s Day is a chance to think about how global health is evolving and the deficits that still need to be overcome. What techniques could you possibly incorporate into your practice to ensure everyone receives the same quality of care? Consider volunteering opportunities that would benefit younger people in your community.
UNICEF is also on hand with some suggestions on how to mark the day. For example, wear blue in solidarity on November 20th. Or, if you’re a budding social media influencer, take part in their TikTok challenge. The possibilities are endless.