First organised during the International Year for Children in 1979, it was meant to publicise childrens issues and sensitise the general public towards solving them.

 Right after the end of that first Week, the District Committees decided to hold the event every year as a means to promote burning childrens issues and to make suggestions to the government and authorities.

 After signing and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, the Childrens Week became an institution and it is held every November, always including the 20th November - the anniversary of the signing of the Convention by the United Nations.

 The Annual Conference on Child Protection and Welfare is organised during the Week. The Conference brings into the open, and discusses in depth, serious issues concerning people under the age of 18. The resolutions and discussion outcomes contribute to sensitising the authorities and the general public on the issue and help both children and adults to take steps forward.

 Moreover, different events are organised mostly in cooperation with local authorities and children themselves. They are an instrument to promoting childrens participation and to getting adults recognising childrens ability to express opinions and make suggestions for measures towards solving issues that affect them. They empower children as citizens and help them realise their responsibility within a democratic state.

 Finally, different events aiming at involving vulnerable groups of children are organised throughout the country, both in cities and in rural areas, and they strongly promote the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the need for its full implementation.


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