Every year on November 20th, the world celebrates World Children’s Day to honor the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. To commemorate this occasion, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković shared a photo of Banski dvori illuminated in blue. The government building of the Republic of Croatia was lit up in blue to emphasize the importance of safeguarding and promoting children’s rights.
The announcement underscored the government’s priority of ensuring equal opportunities for every child in education, health, and social systems. As an international document adopted by the United Nations, the Convention on the Rights of the Child outlines universal standards that countries must adhere to for every child. With 196 countries having signed it, it is one of the most rapidly and widely embraced agreements in human rights history.
The Convention represents a promise by all nations to guarantee equal rights for all children and take all necessary measures to protect their rights to survive, develop, learn, and reach their full potential without discrimination. World Children’s Day serves as a reminder that we must continue working towards creating a world where every child has access to basic needs and can live a healthy, prosperous life free from harm.