Universal Children’s Day was established by the United Nations to promote children’s welfare around the world. The date also marks the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959 and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.
The World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is also observed on 20 November.
Prayers for Universal Children’s Day
Transforming Our World
We pray for all children
who are deprived of the joy of living and learning
because of the fear of corporal punishment.
Let us end the silence that condoned violence against children
and the laws that perpetuate it.
We know that it is impossible to achieve justice and peace
while countless children suffer violence
at the hands of those who should care for them.
Inspire us to work together to
transform our world and make it fit for children.
And may no child be left behind.
As we rejoice at the birth of a new baby
we reflect on all the possibilities that new life brings.
As we stand in awe of creation and its capacity to renew all things,
let us reject all harmful traditions and punishments.
And let us guide our children in the ways of
kindness, compassion and peace.