On October 12, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children as part of the stepped-up global effort to reach the Millennium Development goals.
Congratulating the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), a leading facilitator of the World Day, on its tenth anniversary, the Secretary-General wrote in a message: “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.”
Activities for the World Day, which bring together secular and faith communities to pray and take action for children, will take place in more than 30 countries on 20 November, Universal Children’s Day. The events are being planned with the leadership of Arigatou International’s Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), and partners including UNICEF, UNESCO and Religions For Peace.
The Millennium Development goals are a set of eight internationally-agreed targets to improve the health of the planet and its poorest inhabitants by the year 2015.
For a full copy of the UN Secretary General’s text, please read more on the GNRC website.