On the occasion of World Children’s Day, which is celebrated each year by UNICEF on 20 November, HRH Crown Princess Katherine sends a message to everyone, to pay a lot of attention to children, to hear what they have to say to us and to never forget how much they need our love and support, but also respect, to have a good childhood and a proper beginning of adulthood. The theme of this year’s marking of this day is “For every child, every right”.

“World Children’s Day is a perfect reminder for all of us to recall how much love, attention, and appreciation each child in the world needs. As I said, it is a reminder, but also it is something that we must honour each day through the entire year because by making sure that our young ones have a good childhood, as carefree as possible, we are ensuring the future of humanity is safe. Their race, ethnicity, and religion don’t matter, they are all beautiful and all represent the future of our world. The slogan of this year’s World Children’s Day is very well chosen, and each child has the same rights that must be obliged.

We as parents must make sure that the children live in a home with love, care, and justice. Focusing on their health, giving them the love and security they deserve, the education that will help them to succeed in life, and for every parent to be sincere and an example to their children, showing them love, respect, security, and kindness. We are all responsible for the future of the children, we are there to help them feel our support at all times, to know they can count on their parents for love, support, and security, and that they are number one in our lives.

They should always know that they can count on their parents for love, as well as on their siblings, grandparents… It is crucial that the children are raised with love and respect from their family and friends, and their teachers! We must show empathy towards the youngest, and try to provide them with a better and safer future. But also, to respect their opinions and feelings. In return, they will give us the most precious gift there is – their love, which is always true and unconditional. And it is the best gift we can give to the world”, said HRH Crown Princess Katherine.

World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children, marking the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. As the UN stated: “From climate change, education, and mental health, to ending racism and discrimination, children and young people are raising their voices on the issues that matter to their generation and calling for adults to create a better future. This World Children’s Day, it’s more important than ever that the world listens to their ideas and demands. On 20 November, kids are speaking out and reimagining a better future.”

HRH Crown Princess Katherine Foundation in Belgrade and the offices of the Lifeline Humanitarian Organization in Chicago, New York, Toronto, London, and Athens, whose patron is Crown Princess Katherine, pay the most attention to young ones and strive to enable children a carefree and happy childhood through their projects. Thousands of smiles on those children are the greatest reward for the work of all the good people who have made their lives better, through selfless charity. There is also a program “Children Helping Children”, started by the Crown Princess years ago, so the children can learn the joy of giving at an early age.

We should wear something blue on 20 November, which is the colour that symbolizes this day, and thus show everybody that we are ready to make this world more beautiful and better for the lives of our children.

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