World Children's Day 2023

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“I appeal to all of you: working together for a world without war is the best we can do for the generations to come”.
Gino Strada, Co-founder of Emergency and Right Livelihood laureate

In 2015, doctor Gino Strada was awarded the Right Livelihood prize “for his great humanity and skill in providing outstanding medical and surgical services to the victims of conflict and injustice, while fearlessly addressing the causes of war”.

Gino Strada (1948-2021) was an Italian surgeon and an outstanding humanitarian who provided high-quality medical and surgical services to victims of war for two decades. From Afghanistan to Sudan, EMERGENCY, the organisation that he co-founded in 1994, runs over 60 hospitals, clinics, and first-aid posts, often collaborating with local governments and operating to transfer medical knowledge and expertise to local health service professionals. Strada and EMERGENCY have also campaigned forcefully against the root causes of war and human suffering, speaking out against Italian military involvement in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and playing a leading role in the successful campaign that resulted in Italy banning the production and use of antipersonnel landmines in 1997.

With the dramatic rise of armed conflicts worldwide and the disproportional impact that these increasingly have on children, especially on their rights to a dignified life, access to health, and education, we are proud to commemorate the 2023 World Children’s Day of November 20th with a communication campaign in memoriam of Dr. Strada.

The video animation is based on Dr. Strada’s deeply moving and inspirational acceptance speech delivered in Stockholm on 30th November 2015, a powerful testament that stirs the soul and must not be forgotten after his untimely passing.

This activity is implemented as part of the GC Capacity Development programme. For more info contact the programme manager at



Italian version available here.