Information is essential for every leader who wants to take action and do it well. That is why the World Day offers its compact “ABCs of Action and Advocacy” series online. Each title provides a “big picture” overview on a particular issue followed by progress to date and action ideas. Brief stories, quotes, and facts are offered that can be easily shared. And further resources are listed, to connect you with the global community of child advocates at work on the issues.

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For Immediate Release

World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and Partners Urge Action to “Stop Violence Against Children”

World Day of Prayer and Action, United Nations Special Representative, UNICEF and Religions for Peace reaffirm commitment for the protection of children

(NEW YORK, 24 June 2011) – Engaging faith-based organizations to “stop violence against children” was the focus of a panel discussion at the United Nations, during which four leading authorities on child protection reported on progress and urged the 85 attendees to help by enlisting support.

Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, Convening Chair of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children and former Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, announced the World Day’s 2011-2013 emphasis on positive parenting, birth registration drives, and prevention of early child marriage to prevent violence.   “We cannot make sustained progress for children in a world of violence,” he said. “We need to plant seeds for a non-violent world, starting with children.”  He urged attendees to “create momentum” by encouraging “friends, families and local houses of worship to partner with others to commemorate the UN-declared Universal Children’s Day on the 20th of November as a World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.”

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The spring meeting of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children Planning Committee was held in Geneva and formally agreed to adopt a new theme to guide all World Day activities for 2011-2013. The prevention of Violence against Children – in the home, and family, schools, alternative care institutions, workplace and the community – will inform the direction of all World Day activities, held in commemoration of Universal Children’s Day. World Day activities will focus in particular on issues which cut across all regions of the world: the abolition of corporal punishment, the prevention of early child marriage and the promotion of birth registration.

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Dear Friends:

Your kind words and prayers were conveyed to our colleagues at the Arigatou International in Japan in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, tsunami and consequent nuclear crisis.

The latest news reports that at least 4,200 lives were lost and more than 8,100 people are still missing.  Over 440,000 people are displaced and are staying in the evacuation center with limited access to food, water and heat.

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