This year, the Wear My Shoes Campaign, in its third edition, aims to mobilize children and adults to respond to the climate crisis and its impact on health, education, poverty, violence, justice, and migration affecting children. The global campaign will examine the contributions made by faith leaders, faith communities, civil society, and non-profit organizations to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and protect children from climate change’s devastating impacts on their well-being. It is an opportunity to support ongoing multi-faith and multi-stakeholder efforts to keep children at the center of environmental decision-making processes affecting the enjoyment of their rights.
The Wear My Shoes Award 2023 – will recognize ongoing outstanding climate actions initiated and/or promoted by children at the grassroots level. The World Day Planning Committee aims to support actions that empower children and youth to address the root causes of climate injustice and focus on protecting children’s dignity, including the most vulnerable and at the highest risk.
This campaign is part of the annual World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, co-led by Arigatou International Prayer and Action and UNICEF, sponsored by The Interfaith Alliance for Safer Communities, and with the support and collaboration of a wide range of global partners, including INEB, who are members of the World Day Planning Committee (see page 5 for all partners).
The Planning Committee takes the third edition of the Awards as an opportunity to promote the UN Resolution on the Human Rights to a clean, healthy, and sustainable environment and the UNCRC General Comment No. 26 on Children’s Rights and the environment with a special focus on climate change, to be launched in September.
Five winners will be selected for outstanding child-led practices or projects implemented at the grassroots level, and each will receive USD 5,000.
– Submission process start: Thursday, July 27, 2023
– Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2023, at midnight EST.
– First round of selection process (10 semi-finalists): Saturday, September 30, 2023
– Second and final selection process (5 winners): October 16, 2023
– Notification Date: Friday, October 30, 2023
– Official announcement: November 20, 2023, during the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children hybrid event.
– More information: [email protected]