he Universal Children's Day was observed in Bangladesh to promote fraternity and understanding among children.
UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, promotes and coordinates this special day.
On Dec. 14, 1954, the UN General Assembly recommended that all the countries should introduce an annual event from 1956 known as Universal Children's Day to encourage fraternity and understanding among the children all over the world and to promote the welfare of children.
It was recommended that the countries should individually choose an appropriate date for this occasion.
In Bangladesh, Children's Day is celebrated as "National Child Day" on 20th March, the birthday of Shekh Mujibur Rahman, the founding president of the country
Though the Universal Children's Day is not considered a holiday in Bangladesh, its celebrated by holding huge programs for children to spread awareness about their rights.
On occasion of Universal Children's Day, Ain o Salish Kendra ( ASK), a national legal aid and human rights organization, on Thursday organized a session in Dhaka where officials from both the government and non-government development organizations attended to discuss child rights.
Discussants said there is need for urgent action to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation.
Echoing a similar view, Bangladeshi Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu who joined the discussion said, "we clearly must do more to protect our children."
He said the children were the future of Bangladesh who would run the country after reaching adulthood.
Hands Together, a local development organization, has arranged a day-long program for street children at Dhaka Shishu Park, the lone state-run children amusement park in the capital city.
Many educational institutions and development organizations have also arranged similar amusement programs for deprived children as part of marking the day in the city.
UNICEF, in a new report launched on the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, stressed the need for urgent action to prevent millions of children from missing out on the benefits of innovation.
According to a statement of the children's agency received here Thursday, connectivity and collaboration can fuel new global networks to leverage innovation to reach every child.
The statement calls on governments, development professionals, businesses, activists and communities to work together to drive new ideas for tackling some of the most pressing problems facing children, and to find new ways of scaling up the best and most promising local innovations.
The latest edition of UNICEF's flagship report argues that innovations such as oral rehydration salts or ready-to-use therapeutic foods have helped drive radical change in the lives of millions of children in the last 25 years and that more innovative products, processes, and partnerships are critical to realizing the rights of the hardest to reach children.
The fully digital report includes multimedia and interactive content that invites readers to share their own ideas and innovations, and highlights outstanding innovations that are already improving lives in countries around the world from a wide range of countries.