The Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations in 1989, is an international agreement that sets forth universal standards for the protection and promotion of children’s rights. This year, November 20th marks World Children’s Day, an occasion to celebrate and reaffirm the importance of safeguarding these rights.
In Croatia, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković shared a photo of Banski dvori illuminated in blue to emphasize the significance of this day. The government building was lit up in blue as a symbolic gesture to highlight the priority of ensuring equal opportunities for every child in education, health, and social systems.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child has been embraced by a total of 196 countries, making it one of the most rapidly and widely accepted agreements in international human rights history. It represents a global promise to guarantee equal rights for all children and take all necessary measures to protect their rights to survive, develop, learn, and reach their full potential without discrimination.
This year’s World Children’s Day serves as a reminder that children have inherent rights that must be protected and respected by governments around the world. It also underscores our responsibility as individuals to work towards creating a world where every child can grow up with access to education, healthcare, clean water, food and safety without any form of discrimination or prejudice.