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Children’s Day: kids take over the Embassy

Date: 
22 November 2021

 

 
On the 20th of November we celebrate the World Children’s Day to promote international solidarity, awareness among children worldwide, and the need to improve children's welfare. In 1989, the international community made a historic commitment to all children by adopting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the first international instrument to explicitly recognize the need to protect children as holders of innate rights. This convention is the most ratified convention in history. More than 30 years later, although progress has been made, too many children are still suffering of violence, forced labor, poverty, lack of access to education… or of other causes that are being exacerbated right now by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Children’s rights are one of the five priorities in Belgium’s human rights policy, both domestically and on the international stage. Belgium is committed to work with all countries, including China, to actively safeguard and advance the rights of all children, wherever they live, as highlighted by our Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sophie Wilmès and our Minister of Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir in this video message.

Belgium has furthermore consistently supported the work of UNICEF, the UN agency for the protection of the child, which celebrates this year the 75th anniversary of its creation. In collaboration with our colleagues from the UNICEF bureau in Beijing, several kids took over our Embassy to discuss with Ambassador Jan Hoogmartens and some of our diplomats the importance of diplomacy and the role of UNICEF in promoting and protecting their rights.