The 2023 World Children's Day theme is “For every child, every right.” Every child needs protection from harm, unconditional support, and to have their basic needs met to grow into an emotionally healthy adult.
Universal Children's Day, also known as World Children's Day, takes place on November 20th. This was the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. On the same day in 1989, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
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Why a United Nations Decade for Early Childhood Care and Education – ECCE?
Humanity owes an enormous debt to early childhood. We find ourselves at a deep cruel and painful historical juncture for children that requires the construction of a determined action to reverse it and ensure the well-being and full development of boys and girls from birth. The human rights of children must be placed at the center of the political agendas of all countries to assume, face and overcome the risks, suffering and injustices that the youngest are living at the founding stage of their lives.
Place early childhood at the center of the global agenda, promoting the creation of a broad world movement with the participation of the United Nations System, States and governments, civil society, the business sector, academia and science to significantly and urgently increase efforts for the holistic protection of the human rights of early childhood, focusing in their care and education.
Nearly 90% of the global health burden related to climate change is borne by children under five. Young children in the climate-vulnerable Asia-Pacific region face a particularly serious challenge from the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation across all components of nurturing care – health, nutrition, early learning, responsive caregiving, and security and safety.
In a few weeks, 70,000 delegates including 198 Parties (197 countries and EU) will meet in Dubai for COP28. For the first time, the early childhood development (ECD) agenda will be featured at this important event. Together with partners, and building on our efforts on the ECD-Climate intersection since 2019, ARNEC will co-host and participate in a series of side events at COP28 for the purpose of elevating ECD as a cost-effective investment to achieve climate resilience and sustainable development.
Ahead of COP28, we are sharing with you a package of key ECD-Climate resources that has been jointly developed by ARNEC and its partners. We are grateful to Dr Adrián Cerezo (University of Maine) for his visionary leadership in guiding our work on this important intersection. Special thanks to Save the Children, UNICEF EAPRO, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, Early Opportunities, Early Start of University of Wollongong Australia, Vital Strategies, Early Childhood Regional Networks Fund and our country partners for the support provided during the development of various ECD Climate resources.
It is with heavy hearts that we share these obituaries of two OMEP members who have recently passed on
Glynne Mackey 1952-2023
Doreen Eleanor Launder 1942- 2023
Politicians commit to working across party divides to fix the broken education system.
View the IHC Pre-election education forum video or review the public statement file below.
The World Executive Committee of the World Organization for Early Childhood Education (OMEP):
Condemn the attacks and crimes against the civil population and specially children.
Call for an immediate stop to all aggression and a stop to this escalation of war.
Demand for strengthened diplomatic efforts to achieve sustainable peace and coexistence in the region.
Insist the United Nations and the governments of Israel and Palestine to comply with the UN Charter in their duty to protect the welfare and rights of children to the highest degree and as the highest priority.
Affirm our commitment to building peaceful societies and that just wars do not exist, because violence is the worst solution to resolve social, economic, territorial, or political disputes.
Assert that peaceful and constructive coexistence is possible. For 75 years OMEP's National Committees have worked in peace, jointly and ecumenically, beyond cultural, ideological, political, or economic differences. Since its foundation we are convinced that safeguarding young children by prioritizing their protection, health, care, education, development and ensuring the fulfillment of their rights is not only necessary to alleviate suffering, but will also foster peace and security, resilience, justice, and social cohesion for all human beings.
Reiterate our urgent call to States, international and multilateral organizations to use all available means to stop, once and for all, the violence and wars that plague these countries and many others around the world, as stated in the OMEP 2022 World Assembly Declaration "Stop wars and violence. Urgent call for peace, disarmament, and dialogue".
Offer our condolences and solidarity support to the children, families and communities who are victims of the horrors of violence and intolerance.
Please read, download, and share this message from OMEP World
As we move closer to election day, OMEP Aotearoa supports its members to carefully consider what will be the best choices for early childhood education and the rights of the child.
When considering each Party's statements, other frameworks you may like to keep in mind are:
- Commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi:
“It recognises both the tino rangatiratanga of Māori and the kawanatanga of the Crown in the design and delivery of the education system, and acknowledges the vital interest of whānau, hāpu, and iwi in the system’s effectiveness for Māori.”
- Commitment to the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (1992), and the New Zealand Human Rights Act 1993:
We would like to share the following links, from our fellow organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand, who are equally focussed upon children’s best interests in policy.