Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto’s article is featured in UNICEF’s special website for the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Rev. Takeyasu Miyamoto is the leader of Myochikai, President of Arigatou Foundation and the Convener of the Global Network of Religions for Children. The original article can be found in UNICEF's website.

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World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is reported by variety of news sources.

IPS: A World Day of Prayer and Action for Children

UNITED NATIONS, Nov 18 -- Arigatou International and Religions for Peace International have jointly launched a World Day for Prayer and Action for Children. The 20th of November, designated by the United Nations as Universal Children's Day, is to be celebrated annually by the world's religions as A World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.

On that day, which coincides with the anniversary of the most universally embraced human rights treaty - the Convention on the Rights of the Child - prayers and meditations are to be held in places of worship on a common theme that relates to the wellbeing of children and protection of their rights.

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Day of Prayer and Action for Children in the news around the globe.

This Day---Dar children to mark convention on rights, day of prayer
By ThisDay Reporter
20TH NOVEMBER 2009

Children from different schools in the city will today take part in a procession to mark a special celebration of a Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Day of Prayer and Action for Children at Mnazi Mmoja Grounds.

More than 70 countries have incorporated children’s codes into national legislation based on the Convention’s provisions. These include Tanzania with the landmark Law of the Child which was passed in the Bunge just two weeks ago.

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World Day of Prayer and Action for  Children was commemorated in Sudan.

China View---On Universal Children's Day: Prayers for Better Reality to Sudanese Children
By Fayez el Zaki Hassan

KHARTOUM, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Sudan's Ministry of Social Affairs has called on the Sudanese community to pray for its children and work to enhance their rights and achieve peace in the country.

The ministry, in a statement issued Friday which is the Universal Children's Day, stressed the importance of joint actions between the state and community institutions to consolidate children's rights, promote their good treatment and preserve the their religious and cultural affinity.

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Commemorations for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children 2009 took place across the globe. Larger events took place in Brazil, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and the United States.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
On November 14, hundreds of people from religious communities, NGOs and UN organizations from India, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka came together with over 600 school children to commemorate the Asian regional inauguration of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children. Dr. A.T. Ariyaratne, Founder of Sarvodaya Movement, Mr. Philippe Dumelle, Country Representative for Sri Lanka, UNICEF and Mr. Daniel Toole, UNICEF’s Regional Director for South Asia were among distinguished guests. The celebration included child friendly language and performances that convey spiritual messages. The event will culminate with a common meditation session unleashing a spiritual force for the well being of children across the region. The launch event will be followed by a week of action for the betterment of children through Sarvodaya and its network of partner organizations.

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Planning Committee for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children was convened in Geneva, Switzerland 8-9 June 2010. The Committee discussed various topics to help facilitate the planning of the World Day in 2010.

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The Planning Committee of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children introduces new logo.

DPAC Logo

The logo for the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children features a stylized image of a child painting a rainbow in the sky. The rainbow in the design symbolizes the beautiful diversity of the human family; the many colors unite in a single rainbow to express the universal hope that all children will one day be able to grow to their full potential in a peaceful world. The child in the design is taking creative action to produce the rainbow, representing the inspired work of people of good will everywhere — especially the efforts of children and young people — to build a world fit for children. The logo is meant to serve as a daily reminder of the spirit and vision of the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children.

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