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Itís World Childrenís Day Today

Today is being celebrated as World Children’s Day.

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on Nov. 20 each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide and improve children's welfare.

November 20 is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, World 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.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can play an important part in making World Children's Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

World Children’s Day offers an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children's rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.

This year is extra special, marking the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. A time to celebrate and a time to demand action for child rights.*

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Tomorrow is TV Day

The international community will observe World Television Day tomorrow.

The United Nations, which spearheads the observance, said the celebration is focused more not on the tool but on the philosophy TV represents – as a symbol of communication and globalization in the contemporary world.

Recognizing the increasing impact television has on decision-making by bringing world attention to conflicts and threats to peace and security and its potential role in sharpening the focus on other major issues, including economic and social issues, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed Nov. 21 as World Television Day through Resolution 51/205 of Dec. 16, 1996.

Television, UN further said, continues to be the single largest source of video consumption. Although screen sizes have changed and people create, post, stream and consume content on different platforms, the number of households with television sets around the world continues to rise. The interaction between emerging and traditional forms of broadcast creates a great opportunity to raise awareness about the important issues facing communities and the planet.

The United Nations provides a suite of multimedia products and services covering the work of the United Nations both at Headquarters and around the world, to reach audiences and support the work of the international news media.

UN Videos are produced for news and social platforms as well as for broadcast partners in the six official languages of the UN – French, Spanish, English, Chinese, Arabic and Russian – as well as Hindi, Kiswahili and Portuguese.

Footage of breaking news and events in field missions and UN agencies are shared with partners in raw news packages by UNifeed, which enables news providers to cover important global issues by offering timely broadcast-quality video from throughout the UN system. Stories come from the global network of UN specialized agencies, funds and program, peacekeeping operations and UN Headquarters. New stories are posted on the UNifeed website as soon as they become available.

UN Video producers report from locations around the globe – from peacekeeping missions such as Mali and South Sudan throughout the UN’s vast network of operations worldwide. Highlights include an Oscar-winning short documentary on people with disabilities, a Virtual Reality film featuring young climate activists in the Pacific on the frontlines of climate crisis and the President of the General Assembly, giving a 360 -degree tour of the General Assembly Hall, a story about victims of terrorism in Cameroon and Nigeria and a video produced for Earth Day as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to protect the planet.*

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