Ensuring rights of every child needs a peoples’ movement says UNICEF

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New Delhi (NVI): Marking 70 years of partnership with India to support child rights UNICEF hosted an open day at its headquarter here today. Over 500 students from schools and universities attended the event that showcased the work of UNICEF and its partners.

UNICEF in India today celebrated 70 years of service for children in the country. On the occasion, UNICEF organised games and interactive marketplace showcasing child rights and the work of UNICEF with partners across the country.

Children from the Nine is Mine child rights campaign performed an original rap song based on the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Grammy Award winning Indian composer and music producer Ricky Kej, who is also a UNICEF celebrity advocate, launched the special ‘Wake up! For Every Child’ song video to mark the anniversary.

Kej composed the lyrics of the ‘Wake up! For Every Child’ song through a crowd-sourcing activity involving more than 40 child advocates from across India.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India said that it is wonderful to open our doors to friends old and new today, especially to school children as well as our former staff who dedicated so much of their lives to the cause of children in India, to our partners in Government, civil society and our generous donors and development partners.

“The children here today remind us all of our shared mission to ensure that every girl and every boy in India can survive, thrive and grow into responsible citizens,” said Haque, as she welcomed the guests.

UNICEF began work in India on 10 May 1949 with just three staff members, providing equipment and technical assistance to set up of India’s first penicillin plant at Pimpri.

Today, UNICEF staff work with partners providing technical assistance and advocating for child rights and services from New Delhi and in 16 States.