UN House welcomes school students on Children’s Day
19 November 2018

The United Nations in India in collaboration with UNICEF and UNEP organized a painting and slogan competition for school students to celebrate India’s Children’s Day on 14 November. The annual painting and slogan competition is a key event organized jointly by the United Nations Information Centre and the NPSC Network. It is an instrument to step up efforts towards the realization of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The theme for this year’s painting and slogan competition was “BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION” and the 12 winning slogans and paintings will be incoporated into the annual UN-NPSC calendar. The UN House was bustling with energy with participants from over 80 Delhi-NCR schools eager to express their concerns over the use of single use plastic through art. 

Collins Dictionary has named “single-use” as the word of 2018, which reflects the increasing global awareness in environmental issues. The term refers to products that are often made of plastic and used just once, only to be thrown away after, rendering them unsustainable and harmful to the planet.

Images of plastic adrift in the most distant oceans, such as straws, bottles and bags, have led to various campaigns to reduce their use. On Children’s Day, we asked school students to turn their backs on single-use plastics. The need to ditch our addictions to plastic straws, bags and bottles and adopt more environmentally conscious behaviours was emphasised through this competition.

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