International Missing Children’s Day

International Missing Children’s Day celebrates on 25th May every year, Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore aims is to bring awareness about current affairs for the Civil Services Exam like IAS exam, KAS exam, banking exam and other competitive exams.

History of International Missing Children’s Day

International Missing Children’s Day proclaimed by U.S. President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 25th in 1983.

  • The International Missing Children’s Day saw on 25 May 2019 a similar day as the United States National Missing Children’s Day assigned by Ronald Reagan in 1983.
  • The International Missing Children’s Day proclamation followed the 1979 disappearance of a six-year-old boy, Etan Patz, on his way to school in New York City.
  • The Missing Children’s case generated widespread indignation and concern for missing children rose across the nation. On this day the United States began remembering missing children in this way, other countries around the world have adopted similar commemorations to overcome the pain.
  • On 25 May now widely known as Missing Children’s Day with the forget-me-not flower as its emblem. On 25 May 2001 was first formally recognized as International Missing Children’s Day (IMCD), thanks to a joint effort on the part of ICMEC.
  • The first International Missing Children’s Day events were organized in member-states in 2001 to establish like supportive. The International Missing Children’s Day events spotlight the global problem of child abduction and suggest parents some steps they can take to protect their children, Annually all member-states of the network honour the missing children and celebrate the recovered ones on May 25 every year.
  • In 1998 the US’s National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children launched a joint venture and established the Global Missing Children’s Network. This network connected the best practices of 22 countries, that are currently its members.
  • Since 2009 has been promoting IMCD by disseminating a unified global message. The International Missing Children’s Day movement continues to grow more countries commemorate IMCD, acknowledging the need for a harmonized response to protect vulnerable children.

Facts Missing Children’s Day

  • The total number of untraced children in 2015 was 62,988.
  • Besides in the year 2013, 34,244 were missing.
  • Further, around the world, it is estimated that over one million young people are reported missing every year. 
  • In Australia, approximately 25,000 young people are reported missing to the police each year. 
  • In India, every eight minutes child goes missing in India.
  • Meanwhile, AFP’s NMPCC contributes to an international creative campaign designed to highlight the prevalence of missing children on a global scale. 
  • Mostly the children of extremely poor and marginalized communities in backward regions of the country are trafficked or kidnapped.
  • The parents of these children delay reporting a case as they might not be aware of how to report a case or who to approach for help.
  • Consequently, statistics reveal that there are more missing girls than boys. 
  • These girls are often forced into prostitution & begging rackets and are destined for a life of child abuse and exploitation.

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