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  Universal Children's Day 2012    
Universal Children's Day, on 20 November, is marked each year to promote the well-being of children. Countries all over the world celebrate the day in different ways to support children's welfare and children's rights.

"We were all children once. And we all share the desire for the well-being of our children, which has always been and will continue to be the most universally cherished aspiration of humankind." -- Report of the Secretary General (2001)

See how UN Volunteers play a key role in advocating for and protecting children.


UN Volunteer Luca Guanziroli (left) meets with members of Wengui local association for children's rights. Field visits like this one are key to the volunteer's work, as it captures the reality of child labor in mines of Katanga region in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: UNV, 2012)
Corporate social responsibility as a tool in the fight against child labor in the Katanga mines
20 November 2012
Katanga, Democratic Republic of Congo: “We often forget that child labor is behind certain consumer goods such as cocoa and mobile phones. One of the main challenges is to fight against the ills of globalization,” Read
United Nations Day, Côte d'Ivoire (2009)
Raising awareness about children’s rights and gender-based violence
08 March 2012
Côte d'Ivoire: “A strong stance on gender-based violence was taken, in an area were rape has been used as a weapon in the internal armed conflict as well as in the post-conflict environment” Read
More about: Gender  Human rights
Countries:  Côte d'Ivoire
Other languages: en español  
National UN Volunteer Brunilda Peqini shows children (in the picture with Izaura) how to prepare bouquets with paper flowers in the Youth Center of the Municipality of Elbasan in Rrapishta. (Photo: UNV, 2012)
Strengthening the values and spirit of volunteerism
20 November 2012
Elbasan, Albania: Volunteering for the first time in a summer camp for children, she saw it as a kind of psychological and social training for children, helping them to socialize. “This helps them to overcome shyness and to express themselves through games and different activities.” Read
More about: Children  Youth
Countries:  Albania
Other languages: en español  en français  
UN Volunteer Eykis García during her assignment at a Batey. San Francisco de Macorís (Dominican Republic). (UNV programme, 2012)
The Batey Experience
31 July 2012
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: The goal of this training was to promote the participation of parents with children under two years old who had not been registered yet. Without personal identification documents children have no right to nationality or access to state institutions. This is a common situation in the “bateyes”. Read
Countries:  Dominican Republic
Other languages: en español  en français  
Jerome Seregni, international UN Volunteer, assisting with food and non-food items distribution to refugees. (Photo: T. Muftic, UNHCR 2012)
Thousands of Syrian refugees arrive in Iraq
20 November 2012
Dohuk, Iraq: She's only four years old, but Syrian refugee Magi can't shake off the sounds and images of war that forced her family to flee the embattled northern city of Aleppo and seek shelter in northern Iraq. Read
Other languages: en français  en español  
UN Volunteers holding a workshop to promote responsible consumption at Jorge Oblitas school (Oruro). (Photo: UNV 2012)
UN Volunteers and Children in Oruro, Bolivia
20 November 2012
Oruro, Bolivia: Through our work with children we provide information and raise awareness to help them better understand all the consequences of our daily consumption.  We presented the alternatives we have as citizens to stop ourselves from being part of the problem and start becoming part of the solution. Read
More about: Children  Environment
Countries:  Bolivia
Other languages: en français  
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