An Invitation to Act Together to Achieve Social and Environmental Justice for All Children

The world will mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (IDEP), on the 17th of October 2020, under the theme, “Acting Together to Achieve Social and Environmental Justice For All.” As with each year, it is an opportunity for us to create awareness, build advocacy and act to address child poverty, anchoring these efforts upon our broader ‘Together We Can End Child Poverty Worldwide’ campaign. I am writing to invite each one of you to take action, whether big or small, towards building a society where children’s rights and wellbeing are assured. Every child has the right to survival, protection, participation and development. Children deserve a society that cares and nurtures them for a better future. Indeed, these are difficult days due to the many challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many children are currently away from school, their parents and caregivers affected by loss of livelihoods and many families facing inadequate access to quality healthcare. Millions of children, without immediate and collective interventions, could be pushed into deeper poverty as a result.

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