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World Population Day

4 June International Day of Innocent

The International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression is a United Nations observance each 4 June. It was established on 19 August 1982.

This international day acknowledges the pain suffered by children throughout the world who are the victims of physical, mental and emotional abuse - and affirms a commitment to protect the rights of children.

The statistics of child abuse in its many, many forms are horrendous. They include over 2 million children killed in conflict in the last two decades; around 10 million child refugees cared for by UNHCR; in the Latin America & Caribbean region 80 thousand children die every year from violence that breaks out within the family.

Humanity is organising as never before to put children first in the process of building a better world, and this Day also celebrates the millions of individuals and organizations working to protect and preserve the rights of children. The Global Movement for Children, with leadership from Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel, is an inspiring force for change that involves ‘ordinary people’ and families in all parts of the world. The ‘Say Yes for Children’ campaign, which has been endorsed by over 94 million people, calls for 10 positive actions to be taken to improve the lives of children.

Child abuse is now in the spotlight of global attention, and much is being done to protect children around the world. One key factor in this is the process of international negotiation and action centred around the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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