World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November 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, World 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.
This Year's Message
SIOP Europe's World Cancer Day Video
To mark the occasion, SIOP Europe have produced a video which draws attention to the current landscape of European Cancer Care:
- Every 15 minutes a child is diagnosed with cancer in Europe.
- Childhood cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among European children.
- Annually, 6,000 young people in Europe lose their lives to cancer.
- Not all European countries have the same resources and care when dealing with childhood cancer, emphasizing the imperative of our unified efforts to address the disparities.