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Celebrate Universal Children’s Day on November 20

In support of children worldwide, we invite all Lasallian ministries to celebrate Universal Children’s Day on November 20.

The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child was adopted by the General Assembly on November 20, 1959, and subsequently approved the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989. The CRC is the first legally binding international document that incorporates the full range of human right (civil, cultural, economic, political, and social) into a single text. It calls upon political and religious leaders, as well as civil society organizations to move towards achieving real progress in the protection of children’s rights.

The volunteer-driven Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is working to encourage the U.S. Senate to ratify the CRC and implement the Convention’s standards in the U.S. For the upcoming Universal Children’s Day, the campaign has produced a toolkit to promote actions that highlight the value of CRC throughout the world. To download the toolkit, visit

In November 2011, the General Councilor and Visitors of the Region signed a statement advocating for the promotion and protection of the rights of children and committing themselves to helping children achieve their full human dignity.