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Cornwall celebrates UNICEF World Children Day

It’s thirty-one years since the United Nations formerly adopted the treaty known as Rights of The Child, and this World Children’s Day, we are celebrating by asking young people in Cornwall to help shape our future.

Together for Families, part of Cornwall Council, are launching the Carbon Neutral Youth Ambassadors Network which aims to give young people an opportunity to talk directly with policy makers at the council and wider afield.

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The platform will also be used to share ideas, get involved in regional and national campaigns, discuss new initiatives and to learn about the opportunities available in the green energy sector.

Cabinet Member for Children and Public Health, Councillor Sally Hawken said: “I believe this World Children’s Day presents an important opportunity for adults to pay attention to the voices of children and imagine a different future — not for children but with them.

“We hope to encourage young people from all over Cornwall to step forward and engage with our plans to become carbon neutral.  We want to give these young people a voice and we want to make sure that policy makers locally and nationally hear what they have to say.”

This year's theme for World Children Day, is Investing in our Future, with the key focus for the day being to promote the rights of the child.

The four main principles of the rights of the child are: Non-discrimination, Best Interests, Life Survival and Development and Being Heard.

As part of this connecting we are also encouraging young people to engage with the Make your Mark campaign.  Make Your Mark is an opportunity for 11-18-year olds across the UK to have their say and begin their democratic journey by voting on the policies they want to introduce or change.

Sally continued: “World Children’s Day acts as a reminder to councillors, MPs and government that we need to engage with children; we need to hear their voices and we need to listen to them, because we are the custodians of their world.”

Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Edwina Hannaford added: “Young people are passionate about the environment and the world they will inherit from us, so it is important to get them involved in decisions now.  It’s great to launch this network, especially on a day like World Children’s Day, and I very much look forward to working with the young people who sign up.”

If you would like to know more information or would like to sign up to become a Carbon Neutral Youth Ambassador then please visit our website for more information.