NEW YORK/SHAMA, NOVEMBER 20 – A group of more than 100 students and prominent young activists from around the world “took over” today the UN headquarters to mark Universal Children’s Day. As president of the UN Security Council for the month of November, Italy was proud to welcome in the chamber a group of children from Syria and the Central African Republic.
“It’s my job to meet with some of the most powerful and important people in the world,” Secretary-General António Guterres said at a dedicated event at UN Headquarters in New York in a room packed to the rafters with children, teachers, government delegates and a host of others, including the Director-General of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Anthony Lake.
“Presidents and Prime Ministers… scientists… military leaders… scholars and academics… captains of industry and business. But none of these people are as important – or as inspiring – as the the children I meet,” Mr. Guterres said.
Across the Atlantic, more than 5.600 miles away, UNIFIL personnel under Italian command of the west sector of Southern Lebanon marked the day by hosting school children. Some 400 talented children from public schools in Siddiqin, Boustan e Ramya e Dibil will have the opportunity to meet peacekeepers starting today up until November 23.
The event was a reminder that all children have the right to live in an environment of peace with access to education.
Throughout the year, UNIFIL peacekeepers coming from 41 countries organize various educational and recreational activities for the children in the Mission’s area of operation. In close collaboration with the Lebanese Armed Forces, UNIFIL performs around 13,000 operational activities per month. Monitoring and patrolling by day and by night to help further the stability and prosperity in south Lebanon.
The United Nations is celebrating World Children’s Day today with the theme of #KidsTakeOver, encouraging young people across the world to take over roles in government, media, and entertainment to raise awareness about the suffering of kids around the world.
World Children’s Day has been held every year since 1954 “to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improve children’s welfare.” (@OnuItalia)