Children’s Day 2017 marked with Google Doodle – here’s why it is celebrated today and what it means

 

The United Nations established Universal Children’s Day in 1954 in a bid to promote togetherness among children across the world, and improve children’s welfare.

It is celebrated on November 20 to mark the date that the Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN in 1959.

However, it is by no means the only date recognised as Children’s Day across the globe.

There are many variants, but the most common alternative is June 1, which is marked by countries such as China, the Czech Republic and Portugal.

The theme for 2017 is #KidsTakeOver, with UNICEF inviting kids across the globe to take over grown-up roles such as in the media and politics to voice support for children in need.

To mark the occasion David Beckham is interviewing children for a short film, with fellow sports stars David Villa and Sachin Tendulkar also getting involved in the truly global effort.

Justin Forsyth, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director said: “From Auckland to Amman and from New York to N’Djamena, we want children to campaign in their schools and communities to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and fulfil their potential.”

To mark the occasion David Beckham is interviewing children for a short film, with fellow sports stars David Villa and Sachin Tendulkar also getting involved in the truly global effort.

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