Changsha lights up for children
Changsha was lit up for children on Nov 20 to celebrate Universal Children's Day, with a special event held at Changsha Planning Exhibition Hall, sponsored by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the Changsha government.
Universal Children's Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on Nov 20 each year, marking the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The day was established to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare.
Changsha and other Chinese cities answered the call for caring about all children, especially children in need, by illuminating their landmark buildings in blue – a color symbolic of friendship.
Changsha launched a children-themed photography exhibition to showcase its developments as a children-friendly city.
"We celebrate Universal Children's Day with children from more than 130 countries, and actively take part in the activity to enlighten children's future," said UNICEF China Acting Representative Douglas Noble. "It shows the determination that all countries are fighting for children's rights."
Changsha Deputy Mayor, Liao Jianhua said that Changsha municipal Party committee and Changsha government has highly valued the construction of a children-friendly city, and is one among the country's first to take action to reach the goal.
Changsha includes children in its urban planning and development, listening to their opinions and views, and offers better urban environment and facilities, Liao said.
Source: Changsha Evening News