20 November Wednesday

Galata Tower to Shine Blue for World Children’s Day

Istanbul’s iconic Galata Tower will be illuminated blue on Wednesday to raise awareness on children’s rights, in celebration of World Children’s Day.

The Galata Tower, July 15 Martyrs' Bridge, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge and Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge will be illuminated as part of the event.

This year's World Children’s Day will mark the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1989.

As such, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) will illuminate the Galata Tower in blue to raise awareness and funds for vulnerable and deprived children unable to attend school. The tower is visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year.

The historic tower, which will turn blue from this evening until the early hours of the morning, will contribute to the silhouette of Istanbul with a distinct beauty.

Iconic monuments, buildings and landmarks will also be lit blue tonight, both in Turkey and around world. Children will be given a voice in parliaments including the European Parliament in Brussels, Cabo Verde, Comoros, India, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malaysia, Turkey and Ukraine.

November 20 has been celebrated as World Children's Day since 1990, as it marks the anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1959.

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