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.

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 from 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.
  • 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.
  • Very year hundreds of children are abducted, and only few of them are recovered. International Missing Children’s Day is annually observed on May 25 raises public awareness about the missing children and spreads message of hope among their families to build the awareness about the children cares.
  • On 25th May 1979, a 6 year old boy Etan Patz from New York City was kidnapped and later killed without heart. Due to that Stan Patz, Etan’s father did everything possible to find the boy and started a new campaign that involved printing portraits of missing children on milk boxes to spread awareness.
  • The President of the USA Ronald Reagan declared May 25 to be National Missing Children’s Day in 1983 to support the evolution.
  • 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.
  • 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 honor the missing children and celebrate the recovered ones on May 25 every year.


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