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The 30th-anniversary celebration of the World Children’s Day at the Government Palace on Nov. 20, 2019. Video: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today
A hundred children across the country took over the Government Palace on Wednesday in a celebration of the World Children’s Day.
Prime Minister Antti Rinne welcomed the children. The children attended several workshops that included social media, global warming . . . things that according to Rinne “are matters that you must find a solution to in the future.”
The children listened to the prime minister’s speech while sitting on the red carpet of the wide granite steps of the main stairway.
“You are surely aware that today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Children’s Day, and I wouldn’t know a better way to celebrate it than together with you,” the prime minister said. “And so I declare that the Government Palace has been taken over for the next three hours!” Prime Minister Rinne exclaimed.
“Yeeeeeeeeeee!” the children screamed.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on November 20, 1989, and came into force in 1990.
In Finland, the Convention on the Rights of the Child came into force in 1991. It is part of Finland’s legislation system. The convention binds all government and municipal authorities as well as private partners carrying out official duties.