What is World Children's Day?

World Children’s Day (also known as Universal Children’s Day or International Children’s Day) is celebrated on 20 November and is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children.

It’s a fun day with a serious message, with 20 November marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The most widely ratified international human rights treaty in history, the Convention sets out the rights of children, such as the right to healthcare, education, clean water, protection from violence – and the right to have their say in decisions that affect them.

The day is marked with a range of events worldwide – in schools, communities, businesses and governments.


How can you celebrate World Children's Day in 2020?

From the looming threat of climate change to isolation of the global COVID-19 pandemic2020 has been a difficult year for children and young people in Australia. This year has given us time to pause and think about the lives we would like to lead in the future, and to reimagine a better world for children everywhere.   

This World Children’s Day, UNICEF Australia is inviting children and young people to illustrate the change they’d like to see and drawpaintsketchcolour or build their better world. Through art you can reimagine:  

  • a greener and more sustainable world. 
  • the future of wellbeing and mental health.  
  • the future of education and work.  
  • a future without discrimination.  
  • children’s rights that are important to you. 

Submit your artwork for the world to see, and the chance for it to be displayed in a gallery. Submissions close 19 November.