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Universal Children's Day Celebrated in Tallinn

Johann Hinterleitner
November 20, 2011

Tallinn, Estonia -- The UPF Peace Embassy hosted a joyful and creative Universal Children's Day event for grandparents, parents, and children from ages three to about 14. The November 20 program included an introduction to UPF and its support of UN initiatives, dances and songs by the children, creative painting and drawing, gymnastics, and more.

Two aspects led to organizing an event on the occasion of the UN Universal Children's Day. The first one was the fact that in October some families started using UPF's Peace Embassy for their Sunday School. The second was the result of searching for a suitable occasion to organize an event in support of the UN.

Research revealed that November 20 is Universal Children's Day. Since November 20 this year was a Sunday, it was a suitable date for a joint event with these families and their children.

By Resolution 836(IX) in 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children's Day to promote the ideals and objectives of the UN Charter and the welfare of the children of the world. November 20, commemorated as Universal Children's Day, marks the day on which the General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

"We were all children once," states a report to the World Summit for Children in 2001, "and we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind." 

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