The United Nations declared 1979 as the International Year of the Child to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child and to encourage its application. The objectives of this year, as outlined in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution of 21 December 1976, were as follows :
(a) To provide a framework for advocacy on behalf of children and for enhancing the awareness of the special needs of children on the part of decision-makers and the public.
(b) To promote recognition of the fact that programmes for children should be an integral part of economic and social development plans with a view to achieving, in both the long-term and the short-term, sustained activities for the benefit of children at the national/international levels.
All over the world special activities were organised and all kinds of memorabilia were produced. One is this lithograph by Graciela Rodo Boulanger.
On 5 October 1979 at the UN Office in Geneva, the permanent mission of the Popular Republic of Poland communicated a project relative to the rights of the child to the Human Rights Commission work group. This initiative led to the Convention on the Rights of the Child adopted by the General Assembly on 20 November 1989.
President Jimmy Carter established a National Commission on the International Year of the Child.
Article on the first Disney stamps issued for the International Year of the Child.
All the International Years proclaimed by the General Assembly.
Beatrix, queen of the Netherlands
Aitutaki 1 October 1979
Austria 16 January 1979
Bangladesh 17 December 1979
Belgium 8 December 1979
Benin 20 February 1979
Bophuthatswana 7 June 1979
Christmas Island 20 April 1979
Faroe Islands 1 October 1979
German Democratic Republic 22 May 1979
Jersey 13 August 1979
Liechtenstein 8 March 1979
Netherlands 13 November 1979
Netherlands Antilles 24 October 1979
Niger 10 April 1979
Papua New Guinea 24 October 1979
Pitcairn Islands 28 November 1979
Solomon Islands 15 November 1979
Suriname 3 October 1979
Tunisia 16 October 1979
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 1 June 1979
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics 7 September 1979
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last revised: 26 August 2010