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68th Session of General Assembly, United Nations

High Level Forum for First Ladies


Building Bridges for Peace on Health Disability”

Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda Initiative

Time has come for realistic understanding of the significant need for a transformative agenda to build peace among nations. Peace is directly related to poverty eradication, health care and improvement, good governance, leadership, social and economic emancipation and sustainability.

Throughout its history, there have been global experiences on a wide range of conflicts, violence and other numerous challenges. These challenges must be addressed in order to promote human development, revitalize infrastructure, and establish sustainable peace in working towards the future the world want.


2013 United Nation Universal Children's Day

The United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Since 1990, Universal Children's Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children's rights. to download the full article click here


Welcome Statement on 2013 Universal Children’s Day held on November 20, 2013 at Permanent Mission of Federal Republic of Nigeria to the United Nations

Your Excellency’s, Distinguished Speakers and Guests, students and children, I welcome you to this noble event to mark the 2013 United Nations Universal Children’s Day. We recall that in 1954 the United Nations General Assembly suggested that nations should observe Universal Children's Day as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children and of activity promoting the welfare of the world's children. The General Assembly further recommended that the day was also to be observed as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and welfare of children of the world.Before 1959, Children’s Day was universally celebrated in the month of October with the objective of promoting communal exchange and understanding among children as well as bring beneficiary action to promote the welfare of children all over the world.On November 20, 1959, the United Nations adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child spelling out specific rights to which all rights entitled to children. In 1989, on the same date, the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child, creating a legal agreement on rights for children. The Convention on the Rights of the Child was approved faster and by more member nations than any other treaty on international human rights. To this date, 192 countries have agreed to abide by this Convention. The Convention mentions in detail the rights of all children (under 18), ranging from protection, abuse and exploitation, to the rights to education and health services, and the right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

Today Children's Day is celebrated on 20th November of every year and this widely celebrated day has transformed into reality as the Nations and even children look on to this day with enthusiasm.

Last year, Friends of Education for African Children Orphaned by AIDS (FEACOBA) marked the day by addressing universal education for less privileged children and Children Orphaned by AIDS as an Implication to the Secretary General’s “Education First Initiative.” From the conference the following resolutions were developed:


  • The conference was most concerned with promoting universal education of children in less privileged situations, especially in Africa and Diaspora communities where children are orphaned by AIDS and lack the opportunity to obtain a basic education
  • The conference took to advocate for children in less privileged areas of the world with focus on the mission of the newly launched “Education First Initiative” of UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon
  • The conference admonished that the “Education First Initiative” must be made available to these groups of children if success is to be achieved in the future the world want and in Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda
  • The conference affirmed the need to provide opportunities for intellectual enrichment to children to ferret out hidden talents; especially to children living in underserved communities
  • The conference resolved to be committed to ensuring that children with lower economic status have access to educational opportunities by ensuring that programs are in place to foster children’s talents and inner Einstein
  • The conference resolved to put into consideration the concept of individualism and collectivism in achieving successes and results’ oriented outcome
  • The outcome of the conference was focused on the need to have less privilege child or AIDS Orphan back to school in support of the Global Education First initiative
  • The conference resolved that the concerns on education of the less privilege and AIDS Orphans should be advocated to the United Nations environs, Community, education organizations and International agencies
  • Children should be encouraged to advocate and speak out for their fellow children who have little or no opportunities as they have

This year, FEACOBA in collaboration with other organizations involved with Education and Advocacy issues on children considered the emphatic inclusion of education in the report of Eminent Persons on Post 2015 Development Agenda and noted the significant need of children’s education to the world we want and sustainable development. Hence,the need for children’s education as imperative to sustainable development is being discussed today. By imperative we ascertain that providing available education with every necessary resources and tools including

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