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The 26th “Day of the African Child” in Kumamoto” ~for our common future~

*This is not a Kyushu University organised program
 The Kumamoto Association for UNICEF, since its foundation a quarter of a century ago, has commemorated annually the “Day of the African Child” in Kumamoto. Over the years, the world has changed drastically and so is Japan’s relationship with Africa, from that of donor-recipient to mutual-cooperation and economic partnership. With wider use of internet and other technologies, we are becoming more detached from the realities of the world and many children around the world remain deprived of their fundamental human rights.

 The focus of this year’s Day will be on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the United Nations in 2015, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which are mutually reinforcing and their achievement have become major objectives of the international community. We will have two distinguished guests: Ambassador of one of the African countries in Japan and Ms. Mikiko Otani, the first Japanese human rights lawyer to serve on the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. We hope the Day will provide participants with an opportunity to think about child rights issues in the context of the SDGs and what need to be done jointly for building a better future.

[Contact]
 Kumamoto Association for UNICEF: unicef-kuma92@tea.odn.ne.jp

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