“Walk for Child’s Rights”

NCDC Active City Development Program and Pikinini Pilai, in collaboration with UNICEF, World Vision, Pikinini Watch, Equal Playing Field, Save the Children, Child Fund and PNG Olympic Committee, hosted World Children’s Day, with the theme, “Leave No Child Behind” in Port Moresby, Sunday, 20th November 2022, from 5:30am to 12.30pm at Ela Beach.

Every 20th of November, organizations, stakeholders, governments, and communities around the world come together to celebrate World Children’s Day, a day focused on reflecting, celebrating, and advocating for every child’s rights and ensuring those rights are fulfilled.

All children have rights, no matter what: who they are, where they live, which language they speak, their religious background, their gender, if they have a disability, if they are rich or poor, who their parents or families are or what they believe or do. No child should be treated unfairly for any reason or leave no child behind. 

In a show of solidarity for child rights, some 100 children and 200 adults walked with us to celebrate world children’s day on a fun sunny day at Ela Beach.

“I want to acknowledge all of you and all the organizations working tirelessly on children’s issues in our country. My message for World Children’s Day is that our children are the most important investment to a country; it is an undeniable fact that the children we train, educate, and respect their rights today will compete with tomorrow. So, we must get the fundamentals right and not leave any child behind,” said NCD Governor, Hon. Powes Parkop.

“I am pleased that many organizations have come together to celebrate this important day. On this day, 33 years old, an international agreement was signed by world leaders to uphold, protect and promote the rights of every child because, from the day our children are born, every child everywhere has a right to live in a peaceful world. This World Children’s Day, join us in calling on leaders to protect children from violence.” said UNICEF Country Representative Dr Claudes Kamenga.

“We must work together for the children of Papua New Guinea.” said Director for National Office of Child and Family Services, Mr Simon Yanis.