World Day Newsletter November 2010

Day of Prayer and



Action for Children



8  November 2010   

 World Day 2010
Plans in Full Swing

With less than three weeks to go, excitement is building for the 2010 World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, which will be observed on 20 November  in more than 30 countries across five continents.


From Argentina to Zimbabwe, religious and secular communities will come together with inter-faith services, marches, community education, advocacy and action in an expression of hope and concrete initiatives on behalf of children worldwide.


We bring you our latest news and the hope that you will join us in this global celebration!


        Kul Gautam, Convening Chair

        Hans Ucko, Co- Chair


UN Secretary-General notes the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last month acknowledged the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children as part of the stepped-up global effort to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).


Congratulating the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), a leading facilitator of the World Day, on its 10th anniversary, the Secretary-General wrote: “Through observances such as the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, celebrated every year on the anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Global Network of Religions for Children has mobilized faith communities in support of the Millennium Development Goals.”

In the Spotlight



Girls carrying water in Sierra Leone © UNICEF/NYHQ2010-0668/Olivier Asselin

Sierra Leone gears up for World Day:


Sierra Leone has seen mixed results in maternal and child health in the last two decades: while there has been a slight drop in under-5 child mortality, more women are dying in pregnancy or childbirth. UNICEF and the Inter-Religious Council of Sierra Leone are enlisting the country’s religious communities to help improve these indicators.


To mark World Day, a series of activities are planned to mobilize and encourage participation in the country’s semi-annual Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Week, which immediately follows the Day of Prayer and Action for Children.


During the week of 20 November, religious leaders will include messages about maternal and child health in their prayer services. Interfaith advocacy events will bring together religious and political leaders, civil society and women’s and youth groups to produce action plans for MCH Week. Facts for Life, a child health and protection manual, will be distributed to religious leaders and a pictorial flip chart will be developed as a tool for imams and pastors.


Religious leaders will also conduct community outreach during World Day and MCH week, including participation in community radio shows and school and house-to-house visits.

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Brother and Sister in Brazil

© UNICEF/NYHQ2006-1355/Claudio Versiani


“We want to gather the different religions in a global appeal for children to be respected, protected and loved.”


Dr. Zilda Arns, Pediatrician and Founder, Pastoral da Crianca, at the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children celebration, 2009



World Day 2010 Round-up


More than 30 countries across the globe are participating in the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children!


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New York World Day Observances will be launched with a candlelight vigil on 16 November in Times Square attended by hundreds of United Nations diplomats, U.N. officials, non-governmental organizations, faith communities and members of the public to honor child victims of abuse and exploitation worldwide.

Among other observances:


In Somalia, religious leaders and elders will conduct interfaith prayer services, with visits to children’s centers and the distribution of materials to foster co-existence among different groups.


Kenyan participants will hold a peace march and launch a series of child health action weeks that will train 27,000 religious leaders to teach their congregants key child survival messages, including exclusive breastfeeding.


Five cities in Brazil will take part in inter-faith observances and action plans to combat racism, discrimination and violence against children.

The World Day Celebration 2009 in Sri Lanka


In Sri Lanka, religious, government and community leaders from around the nation will gather to launch a one-year child protection campaign.



Nepalese students and faith leaders will conduct children’s workshops and a poetry and art competition on child and maternal health themes.




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