UNICEF lights Abuja City Gate blue for World Children’s Day
UNICEF will be lighting one of Nigeria’s most iconic landmarks blue to
celebrate World Children’s Day on Tuesday, 20 November, as a symbol of need to re-commit to
children’s rights and well-being.
We invite you to attend a lighting ceremony that will begin at 6.00 pm at the Abuja City Gate on
Tuesday, 20 November and will be attended by children.
The event will mark the importance of drawing leaders’ attention to children’s rights in Nigeria and
around the world.
Abuja’s City Gate will join the Empire State Building in New York, Sydney Opera House in Australia,
Petra in Jordan, the Beijing National Aquatics Center and Water Cube in China, and Eden Park in New
Zealand – all national landmarks that will be lit blue for children.
The lighting comes with a global request asking individuals to sign a global online petition asking for
‘children to be put back on the agenda.’
“We want to build a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfil their potential –
and nowhere is this more true than in Nigeria,” said Mohamed Fall, UNICEF’s Representative in
“No matter where a child is born – whether into wealth or poverty – they and their parents have the
same hopes and dreams for their future. And we owe it to all children to give them a fair chance to
survive and fulfil those dreams,” said Mohamed Fall