Presidents of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia to attend children’s day commemoration

The presidents of Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia will join President Hage Geingob at Walvis Bay on Sunday to celebrate the sub-regional World Children's Day, to be hosted by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. The ministry's spokesperson, Lukas Haufiku in a media statement on Tuesday said the presence of the leaders at the event will build up on the regional engagements established in Botswana and Zambia in 2021 and 2022, respectively, where a commitment was made to create a Heads of State Network, a platform to discuss issues of mutual concern and develop concrete strategies to address children's rights in their respective countries. Haufiku added that this year's celebrations will also bring together over 200 children (from 17 to 19 November) from the four countries with thousands of others who will join virtually to discuss and share insights on how leaders can create an enabling environment for children to realise their full potential. The United Nations (UN) Genera l Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child on 20 November 1989 to promote international togetherness, and awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children's welfare. Subsequently, the United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) adopted 20 November, as World Children's Day. The event will be held under the theme 'Renewing Our Promise for Children's Rights.' Source: The Namibian Press Agency