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5 November 2021, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom: A group of school children gather to rally, as under a 'call to #UprootTheSystem', Fridays for Future mobilized tens of thousands of people from all walks of life in a climate strike in Glasgow on 5 November - Youth and Public Empowerment Day at COP26 - 'seeking to address ecological and social crises at their roots by placing most affected people and areas at the center of the struggle and struggling for a society that places people and planet over profit.' Glasgow hosts the United Nations climate change conference COP26, where world leaders gather to negotiate a response to the ongoing climate crisis and emergency.


The day will commence with an Online Symposium at 8:30 am CET, providing a platform for participants to explore opportunities in implementing the Churches' Commitments to Children worldwide and discuss progress in child protection, child participation, and intergenerational climate justice. The symposium, hosted by the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission, will include testimonials from Child Helplines in Africa, foster meaningful participation by children and youth in churches, and inspire through intergenerational climate justice champions from churches in Asia. 

Later in the day, a Hybrid Conference will take place in Mumbai, India, at 3:00 pm CET. The online and onsite event, co-organised with Arigatou International, UNICEF, and interfaith partners, highlights “Caring for our Children is Caring for our Planet.” Children engaged in the Churches’ Commitments to Children implementation will share their views on climate justice. WCC will spotlight the urgent need to address misinformation around the climate emergency, defuse carbon bombs, and pave the way for a sustainable future that puts children’s well-being at the centre of decision-making. 

"We welcome all member churches and partners to register and join us online in both of these World Children's Day events. Building on testimonials, concrete examples and powerful strategies, let us re-imagine a better future for and with children and youth. Let us join forces towards a brighter, sustainable future," said Frederique Seidel, WCC programme executive for Child Rights.

World Children's Day marks the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1989, which was developed with solid contributions by churches and other faith-based actors. Playing an important role in the consultative process leading to the development of the new UN General Comment 26, WCC underscores its significance for guiding governments on children and climate, essential for the effective implementation of the UN CRC.

Register for the World Childrens Day Symposium here.

Register here for the World Day of Prayer & Action for Children (hybrid event).

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Engaging children/youth in the implementation of the Churches’ Commitments To Children