Poland commemorates the National Children’s Rights Day annually on the 20th of November, a celebration established at the initiative of the Children’s Rights Commissioner, Marek Michalak, through a resolution passed by the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish parliament) on November 7, 2014. This day serves as a tribute to the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
Poland’s Enduring Legacy: Celebrating 25 Years of Children’s Rights Convention
The resolution, proposed by Marek Michalak, underscored the significance of November 20, 2014, marking the 25th anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This event holds paramount importance for Poland, recognized as the initiator and forerunner in the formulation of this globally consequential document safeguarding children’s rights. The fact that Poland presented the draft of the Convention in 1978 and proposed its adoption by the UN Human Rights Commission remains a source of national pride. Undoubtedly, it stands as one of Poland’s most significant successes on the international stage.
Empowering Generations: Advocating Children’s Rights for a Fairer Tomorrow
The celebrations on this day aim to inspire actions toward promoting children’s rights among both the youngest citizens and adults. There is a particular emphasis on educating children and adolescents about their rights and informing them about the avenues available should these rights be violated. Additionally, the pivotal role of adults is highlighted—they are entrusted with safeguarding these rights, respecting them, and taking measures to ensure their protection.
The observance of National Children’s Rights Day aligns with the global effort to uphold and protect the fundamental rights of every child. As Poland reflects on its legacy of championing children’s rights, it also sets a precedent for continued advocacy and action toward a more just and equitable world for the youngest members of society.