Faith in Action for Children

Interfaith Prayer With Children In the Wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic

22 April 2020


By Anja Baron and Melissa Gorelick

NEW YORK, USA, 23 September 2010 – At UNICEF’s closing event for the UN Millennium Development Goals summit last night, experts and world leaders gathered to highlight the importance of reaching the world’s most disadvantaged and hardest-to-reach children in order to achieve the MDGs with equity by 2015.

Held at UNICEF headquarters in New York, the signature event – a high-level panel entitled, ‘Children and the MDGs: Reaching the Most Vulnerable’ – focused on recent data revealing inequities that still exist for children in the developing world.

The number of children who die before reaching their fifth birthday has fallen by a third since 1990, the United Nations Children Fund has said. But the rate of decline is still way off a globally agreed target set to be met by 2015, Unicef said in a report on Friday.

Advancing towards the Goals

A new UNICEF study has arrived at a surprising and significant conclusion: An equity-based strategy can move us more quickly and cost-effectively towards meeting Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 – reduce child mortality and improve maternal health – than our current path, with the potential of averting millions of maternal and child deaths by the 2015 deadline.

Reaching the most deprived and most vulnerable children has always been UNICEF’s central mission. But recently it has become an even more pivotal focus of our work, as emerging data and analysis increasingly confirm that deprivations of children’s rights are disproportionately concentrated among the poorest and most marginalized populations within countries.

Download the full article from UNICEF here

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

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.

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.

Time for USA to Ratify Child Rights Convention
by Kul Chandra Gautam

November 20th this year marks the 20th anniversary of the world's most universally ratified human rights treaty, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Many American scholars and experts were actively involved in drafting the CRC, and the US government played a leadership role in negotiating and shaping it. But there will be no celebrations to commemorate this treaty in America today. Indeed, most U.S. citizens remain unaware of this great human rights treaty which their country helped create.