News — August 23, 2002
November 20?International Children?s Day
A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child. ?Mencius (372-289 B.C. Chinese Philosopher) We would like to thank Henri Agnelly, European JCI Senate Association Chairman, for contributing this exciting news. On July 10, 2002, the United Nations established November 20 as the official International Children?s Day thanks to the enthusiastic efforts of several visionary and dedicated Juniors Chamber members. More than ten years ago, the Champagne-Ardenne chapters, in the Troyes and Romilly-sur-Seine regions in France, launched an international project of extreme ambition?to persuade the United Nations to institute November 20 as ?International Children?s Day.? The Jeune Chambre Economique Fran?aise (JCEF), along with several other national Junior Chambers, began a campaign to urge their respective governments to submit and support this motion before the General Assembly of the United Nations. Endorsements for the project were obtained from major international personalities such as French President Jacques Chirac and H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco.
Official Letter After 10 years of continuous efforts, JCEF received an official letter from the Cabinet of the Presidency of the French Republic. This letter indicated that, on July 10, 2002, the Secretariat of the United Nations had decided that, as of that date, November 20 was to become the International Children?s Day in the calendar of international events organized under the auspices of the United Nations. In Line with JCI?s Goals This ambitious project was fully in line with JCI?s objectives. As per its Constitution, ?The organization, in affirming its Declaration of Principles, recognizes and supports the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and recommends that NOMs and LOMs conduct permanent and continuing programs which assist with providing for one or more of the basic needs of children as set out in the Declaration.? By carrying out this project, Junior Chamber members have ensured that the world community focuses on helping children become contributing adults by growing up in the spirit of peace, dignity, tolerance, freedom, equality, and solidarity. The success of this ambitious project, which mobilized many Entrepreneurs in Action, honors several chapters, JCEF, and the Junior Chamber movement all over the world. ?We may all be proud to belong to an organization that has made this possible,? expressed European JCI Senate Association Chairman Henri Agnelly. ------------ To contribute to JCI News, please email information and photos to News@JuniorChamber.org.