World Children’s Day 2021: Know history, theme, events, wishes

World Children’s Day is celebrated every year on November 20. The theme this year is - “A better future for every child”. Find out history, events in India, and wishes.

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Vagisha Kaushik | Nov 20, 2021 - 11:22 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: World Children’s Day is celebrated every year on November 20 to promote international togetherness, awareness and improve children’s welfare.

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World Children’s Day was first started in 1954 as Universal Children's Day. It is observed on November 20 as it is the date when the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in the year 1959 and Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

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Since 1990, World Children's Day has been marking the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children's rights.


The theme for this year’s World Children’s Day is to help children to recover from interruptions and learning losses experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how inequality affects the rights of every child. From climate change, education and mental health, to ending racism and discrimination, children and young people are raising their voices on the issues that matter to their generation and calling for adults to create a better future,” the offiical website of United Nations said.

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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) India along with its partners have listed down a series of events between November 14 and 20, 2021, both virtually and physically, to focus on this issue.


  • November 14-20: Pandemic classroom installation
  • November 18: Launch of Changing Childhood Project Report – a landmark poll
  • November 19-20: Iconic buildings and historic monuments to #GoBlue
  • November 20: Charter of Demands presented to Parliamentarians on prioritizing children’s education and their recovery

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“It’s #WorldChildrensDay! We’re teaming up with the amazing @rickykej our #UNICEF India Celebrity Supporter, along with his musician friends to bring you an evening of music Multiple musical notesStudio microphone. 7:30 p.m. on 20 Nov. Join us with your children for the virtual concert #ForEveryChild,” UNICEF India said in a tweet.

UN said in a tweet: “#COVID19 has redefined childhood as we once knew it. On Saturday's #WorldChildrensDay, take a visual journey through young people's stories of hope, resourcefulness & resilience in the exhibit "Generation COVID: Respond. Recover. Reimagine."

Charanjit S Channi, Chief Minister of Punjab said in a tweet: “World Children’s Day is celebrated each year to promote togetherness and awareness among children worldwide, and improving the children's welfare. This day offers an opportunity to promote and celebrate children's rights and to build a better world for them.”

“Iconic buildings, monuments & landmarks including Rashtrapati Bhawan, South Block & Qutub Minar illuminated with blue lights on the eve of #WorldChildrensDay,” Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of Health and Family Welfare tweeted.

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