Minister of Youth Affairs Lourens-Philip: November 20 is International Day on the Rights of the Child  

The Minister of Education, Culture, Youth & Sports Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip would like to wish every child and youth of the nation happy International Day on the Rights of the Child which is observed globally on November 20th.
The day 20 November marks the day on which the Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in 1989.
Minister Lourens-Philip will be joining President of the Collectivite Saint Martin Aline Hanson on Thursday morning at the Multi-Media Library in Concordia for an official ceremony related to this universal day celebrating the rights of children.
“The world made a promise to children: that we would do everything in our power to protect and promote their rights to survive and thrive, to learn and grow, to make their voices heard and to reach their full potential, and as country, we are committed to this.
“On a global level, in spite of the overall gains, there are many children who have fallen even further behind. Old challenges have combined with new problems to deprive many children of their rights and the benefits of development.
“To meet these challenges, and to reach those children who are hardest to reach, we need new ways of thinking and new ways of doing – for adults and children.
“There is much to celebrate this 20th November as we mark the Convention, from global declining infant mortality to rising school enrolment, but these milestones must also serve as an urgent reminder that much remains to be done, and this also applies to country Sint Maarten.
“We must continue to work together to make sure our children continue to move up and their development is holistic in nature in order for them to be successful young adults in whatever they do,” Minister Hon. Patricia Lourens-Philip said on Wednesday.
The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution on 14 December 1954, which recommended that all countries institute a Universal Children’s Day, to be observed as a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.
It recommended that the Day was to be observed also as a day of activity devoted to promoting the ideals and objectives of the Charter and the welfare of the children of the world.
The Assembly suggested to governments that the Day be observed on the date and in a way which each considers appropriate.