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Flags flying for children’s rights on 20 November

Government Communications Department
Publication date 16.11.2020 8.24
Press release 716/2020

Friday 20 November is Universal Children’s Day. For the first time this year, it will be a designated flag day. We invite everyone to join us in flying the flag and celebrating Universal Children’s Day.

At 8.00 in the morning on Universal Children’s Day, the Finnish flag will be raised at Puistokoulu School in Jyväskylä by schoolchildren’s representatives, the Ombudsman for Children and representatives from the National Child Strategy and the City of Jyväskylä. The event will be arranged in line with the health safety guidelines. 

As part of the broadcast of the event, President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö, Speaker of Parliament Anu Vehviläinen and Prime Minister Sanna Marin will present their video greetings to children and young people. The morning’s video broadcast will also feature an exciting and energetic performance by hip hop artist Elastinen, recorded specifically for the event.

You can watch the event live starting at 8.00 on the Government YouTube channel, where it will also be available as a recording from 9.00 onwards. 

As part of the celebration, the Ministry of Education and Culture will announce the winners of the Children’s Day Prize. The prize aims to recognise the work of organisations in promoting culture for children. A recording of the award ceremony, which will take place at the Snellman School in Helsinki, will be available on the Government YouTube channel on 20 November at 8.30.

The events of the day are intended especially for schools as part of their Universal Children’s Day celebrations.

Universal Children’s Day

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted in New York on 20 November 1989. The day has become established as Universal Children’s Day, which is celebrated in a variety of ways around the world. In Finland, Universal Children’s Day has been on the calendar since 2002. 

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the most widely ratified human rights convention in the world. In Finland, a National Child Strategy is currently being drawn up to further strengthen its implementation. The strategy is based on fundamental and human rights treaties and will be completed in 2020. Its vision will be a genuinely child- and family-friendly Finland that respects the rights of the child. 

Flying the flag is a distinguished way to honour the rights of the child, highlighting the reason for the celebration and drawing attention to the fact that Finland is one of the best countries in the world for children. At the same time, the flag is a promise that we will all work together to ensure an even better childhood in the future.

Elina Pekkarinen, Ombudsman for Children, tel. +358 295 666 858, elina.pekkarinen(at)oikeus.fi, Office of the Ombudsman for Children, Jyväskylä

Johanna Laisaari, Secretary General for the National Child Strategy, tel. +358 295 161 177, johanna.laisaari(at)vnk.fi, Prime Minister’s Office

Iina Berden, Ministerial Adviser, tel. +358 295 330 069, iina.berden(at)minedu.fi, Ministry of Education and Culture, Children’s Day Prize

Tiina-Kaisa Laakso-Liukkonen, Chief Specialist, tel. +358 295 160 220, tiina-kaisa.laakso-liukkonen(at)vnk.fi, Prime Minister’s Office

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