Archbishop Felix Machado participated in the civil society panel at the 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child held on Friday 20 November at the United Nations.

Archbishop Felix Machado, member of the Planning Committee, represents the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children in the panel held in New York. Click here for more detail of the Commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of the CRC.

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.

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.

Kul Chandra Gautam, Convening Chair, contributed an op-ed piece in the November 18 2009 eidition of Terra Viva ( …