By Goth Mohamed Goth
Universal Children Day is being observed across the globe including Somaliland on November 20 (today) with a call for ensuring the rights of children.
A well-attended ceremony was held today at the Presidential Palace to highlight the plight children in Somaliland.
H.E President Abdullai Mohamed Ismail Saylic reiterated the current government commitment to promote policies meant to improve the welfare and also promote opportunities for children in the country.
Hon Ali Mahmoud Sandule , Minister of Social affairs speaking during the event said , “The Universal Children’s Day offers each of us an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build A World Fit for Children live.
Various public and private organisations taking part in the event presented interactive programmes .
On December 14, 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should introduce an annual event from 1956 known as Universal Children’s Day to encourage fraternity and understanding between children all over the world and promoting the welfare of children. It was recommended that individual countries should choose an appropriate date for this occasion.
At the time, the UN General Assembly recommended that all countries should establish a Children’s Day on an “appropriate” date. Many of the countries respected this recommendation and the Universal Children’s Day has since been annually observed on November 20. There are however, some countries, such as Australia and India, which still chose various different dates during the year to celebrate this day.
On November 20, 1959, the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and on November 20, 1989, it adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.