Thank you for being part of the World Day 2023!


“Caring for Our Children is Caring for Our Planet”

According to UNICEF, climate change is the biggest threat to children, impacting their health, education, and rights. Many children in 33 countries face high risks due to climate effects. Children are more vulnerable to climate impacts, like disrupted education and health. Moving due to climate change raises risks of abuse. Droughts and floods have harmed 149 million children, and 345 million people in 82 countries faced severe food shortages by mid-2022. Climate change also hits water-scarce areas, causing farming issues and more poverty. Faith-based efforts promote climate justice, focusing on fairness for all. This means considering social, gender, economic, and environmental issues. It also involves faith and values to create positive change.

Protecting vulnerable children from climate impacts is a key concern.

This Year, the Wear My Shoes Award Campaign, in its third edition, aims to mobilize children and adults to respond to the climate crisis and its impact on Health, Education, Poverty, Violence, Justice and Migration.

The global campaign will examine the contributions made by faith leaders, faith communities, civil society, and non-profit organizations to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and protect children from climate change’s impact on their well-being.

The Wear My Shoes Award 2023 will recognize ongoing outstanding climate actions initiated and/or promoted by children at the grassroots level. The World Day Planning Comitee aims to support actions that empower children and youth to address the root causes of
climate injustice and focus protecting children’s dignity, including the most vulnerable and at the highest risk.

Meet the Winners!


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Dr. Antonia Carla Testa

Dr.Testa, serves as Associate Professor of the Institute of Obstetric and Gynaecological Clinics at the Catholic University. She is the Scientific Director of the Center for Ultrasound in Gynecological Oncology “Class Ultrasound” of the Agostino Gemelli University Hospital Foundation. This is one of the oldest and most reputed hospitals of Rome.

She also leads as the Director of the Simple Departmental Operational Unit “Ambulatory Gynaecology” within the of the Department of Health Sciences of Women, Children and Public Health, of Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS. She serves as Director of the simple operational unit of Outpatient Gynecology, at A. Gemelli Hospital IRCCS.

And as Director of the School of Ultrasound “Class Ultrasound” at Policlinico A. Gemelli, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome she serves on the International working group on Gynaecological Cancers.

In addition to her global scientific responsibilities, as a consecrated member on one of the worlds largest Catholic movement, the Focolare movement she has conceptualized and led many service initiatives.

Under the guidance and inspiration of Pope Francis she has been convening the very successful ‘Earth Day’ observance in Rome for the past 5 years.

She also led the International Marathon for Solidarity during the COVID 19 Pandemic convening different sections of society to raise funds for vulnerable women and children during the COVID 19 Pandemic. Pope Francis recognized this effort as a Papal outreach initiative and contributed to the significant COVID 19 relief fund.

Antoniacarla.testa@unicatt.it antoniacarla.testa@policlinicogemelli.it