Biggest-ever celebration of World Children’s Day to reimagine a better future

DUBAI, 19 November 2021 – Young people will ‘take over’ Expo 2020 on Saturday, 20 November, at the world’s  biggest-ever celebration of World Children’s Day. Organised by Expo 2020 Dubai, in partnership with the UAE Ministry of Community Development and UNICEF, the packed agenda includes inspiring talks and a concert with the acclaimed Lebanese singer and UNICEF Regional Ambassador Yara.

From innovations driving progress on child-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to honing in on education, mental health, climate, and youth leadership, Expo’s World Children’s Day will welcome both young and adult thought leaders to reimagine a better future for all and mobilise collective action to make that vision a reality.

Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development emphasised that the efforts of the Ministry of Community Development and childhood relevant authorities in providing the best welfare, protection and empowerment of childhood, reveal the UAE commitment to a better future for all children in the world and UAE Children. Her Excellency noted that the World Children’s Day is exceptional as it is connected to the activities of Expo 2020 Dubai with a global vision, future aspirations and collaboration with the UNICEF. We all seek to provide a happier and better wellbeing for children worldwide, based on the fact that we are childhood ambassadors, and responsible for children.

Her Excellency said: “Celebrating World Children’s Day in Expo 2020 Dubai, prompts us to think, plan and work hard to achieve the best possible reality of the world’s childhood. The UAE is characterised by giving the best welfare for children through the efforts of both federal and local government authorities to enjoy their lives easily and smoothly. These authorities include: Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood which is highly supported by Her Highness Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women’s Union (GWU), President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood and Supreme Chairwoman of Family Development Foundation (FDF). Her Excellency also mentioned the federal law on Child Rights Law including (74) articles in (12) chapters, covering protection of children’s rights.

Visitors are invited to join in the action by attending the flagship event at Al Wasl Plaza from 1430 to 1625, where they will hear from Her Excellency Hessa Bint Essa Buhumaid, Minister of Community Development; Her Excellency Reem Abdulla Al Falasi, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood; and Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, as well as witness the announcement of the UNICEF 2021 Youth Advocates, by their predecessors.

The concert will also see performances and talks from children, youth, and leaders bringing about positive change through arts and innovation, including musical trio and UNICEF Ambassadors Vasquez Sounds, vocalist, instrumentalist and UNICEF Youth Advocate Abigail Chamungwana (Abby Chams), the Emirates Youth Symphony Orchestra, violinist Elli Choi, TIME Kid of the Year Gitanjali Rao,   young Emirati poet Mazna Al Ameri; as well as members of the UAE Youth Paralympic team. Celebrated Lebanese singer and UNICEF Regional Ambassador Yara will close the flagship concert with an inspiring musical performance.

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Ted Chaiban, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa said: “World Children’s Day is UNICEF’s global day of action for children, by children. It is an opportunity to elevate children and young people to global stages as advocates for their own rights.  This year, which coincides our organisation’s 75th anniversary, we are pleased to partner with Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE Ministry of Community Development to bring children and adults leaders together and use Expo’s platform to connect minds, reimagine the future and rebuild a world we want our children to grow up in.”

A key date in the Programme for People and Planet, Expo 2020’s World Children’s Day activities will gather agents of change and unconventional voices in a Specialist Event showcasing the international community’s efforts to reimagine and build a child-friendly post-COVID-19 world, and examine ways to overcome the barriers children face.

Reinforcing a commitment to amplifying the voices of young individuals to the world to promote intergenerational understanding, a Youth Circle hosted in partnership with the UAE Federal Youth Authority, will drive interactive dialogue among Emirati and global youth representatives to discuss the future of children, including key issues of education, mental health, and technology, to inform future policy decisions.

World Children’s Day – a day for children, by children – was established to promote international togetherness and awareness among children worldwide, and to improve children’s welfare. The international day offers an inspirational entry-point to advocate, promote and celebrate children’s rights, translating into dialogues and actions that will build a better world for children.

About Expo 2020 Dubai

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai welcomes visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.

  • With the purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 is the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalysing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges
  • Expo 2020 is the biggest cultural gathering in the world, presenting a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever
  • Expo 2020’s subthemes of OpportunityMobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to preserve and protect our planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone
  • For six months, Expo 2020 is a must-visit family destination, with thousands of events, amazing exploratory experiences, and free entry for children up to age 18
  • Expo is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone, while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science and health experts
  • Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, located on a 4.38 sqkm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South
  • Built with a meaningful and measurable long-term legacy in mind, the Expo site will transform into District 2020 – a model global community that will rethink the cities of the future – after Expo 2020 closes its doors

How to cover Expo 2020 Dubai in person at event time or report on the event remotely

To attend Expo 2020 or cover Expo 2020 remotely using content and assets generated by Expo, you must be accredited.

To kick off your journey with Expo 2020, please ensure that you:

  1. Register to access our Media Information System, Tawassul at

Tawassul is regularly updated, providing the latest content assets, including press releases, photographs, audio and video, the electronic media kit, and information on broadcast and photography operations. It also provides you with important information and updates on facilities and services such as media accreditation, visa information for international accredited media, and permits. Access to other media-related systems (Media Asset Management System and Media Bookings System), which will be launched in Q2 2021, will only be permitted to accredited media (see below). Information about these systems can be found on Tawassul.

  1. Once registered, submit an Expo 2020 Media Accreditation expression of interest.

Within this expression of interest, please appoint an Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) from within your organisation who will act as the single point of contact with Expo 2020 for media accreditation. Following this, approved media organisations will be provided login details and instructions for the accreditation system to enable them to submit applications.


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