‘Inclusion, for every child’, is the theme of World Children’s Day 2022. Every year on 20 November, World Children's Day calls on humanity to remember to focus on children and youth, and take their voices and aspirations all the way into action.
Children and young people are raising their voices on issues that matter to their generation, from climate change to education and mental health, to ending racism and discrimination and calling adults to create a better future.
In line with this global remembrance, UNODC also stands with youth and children on building safer and healthier communities, with the goal of preventing drug use and promoting health. UNODC’s Family Skills programmes improve family functioning, organization, communication and interpersonal relationships, and have been found to have multiple positive outcomes for children and adolescents. In addition, UNODC also partners with NGOs and supports their work on prevention efforts at the community level through the awarding of the DAPC grants. With these grants, DAPC grantees implemented projects that supported the healthy development of children and youth in schools and communities. And through the Youth Initiative, youth from all around the world are brought together to learn about effective drug use prevention, learn from each other on best practices, and deliver their joint youth statement to adult global policy makers.
Lastly, the UNODC Listen First campaign also advocates the importance of positive parenting and interacting with children in a positive, active and respectful way to ensure their safe and healthy development. The most recently released Listen First materials, 'Super Skills, The Science of Skills', emphasise and address social and emotional skills for children, through which they learn self-management and self-awareness skills and strengthen their relationships with others. Through such personal skills development, children get to know themselves and their feelings better, can build healthy relationships with others, resolve conflict situations constructively, and make thoughtful decisions. And on World Children’s Day, the Listen First campaign continues to support the health and well-being of families and children.
Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe.