Giving a voice to all children of the world
A successful concert by Kids United took place at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco on November 24, 2017, at Grimaldi Forum in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II, to celebrate Universal Children’s Day, thanks to the collaboration of the Direction of Education, Youth and Sports, under the leadership of Isabelle Bonal.
United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare. On November 20, 1959 the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and is also the date in 1989 when the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. To celebrate this year’s Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF has invited children from around the world to take over key roles in media, politics, business, sport and entertainment to voice their support for millions of their peers who do not have access to school, are unprotected and uprooted by conflicts.
Kids United is a French musical group composed of 5 children aged 10 to 17 created to support UNICEF campaigns, who perform the most beautiful songs celebrating peace and hope and giving a voice to all children of the world. Esteban Durand (17), Gloria Palermo de Biai (10), Nilusi Nissanka (17), Erza Muqolli (11) and Gabriel Gros(15), are truly passionate singers. They originally were 6 including Carla Georges (14) who was a contestant in the first edition of The Voice Kids, and participated in some group activities after but she left. Their first album Un monde meilleur (A better world) was launched on Universal Children’s Day in 2015. The second album Tout le Bonheur du monde (All the happiness of the World) was certified 2x platinum.
Imagine by Kids United, extract from their album Tout le bonheur du monde:
The sold out concert started with a performance by the Orchestra of Carabineers of the Prince and the screening of a film on the Rights of Children. The students of the Lycee Albert 1er Theater option participating in a public awareness campaign in the hall of the Grimaldi Forum. The students of Cours Saint Maur accompanied Kids United in chorus the famous song “On ecrit sur les murs” (We write on the walls), in an enthusiastic grand finale.
The proceeds of the concert in the amount of Euro 8,000 benefited the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation for their program “Learn to Swim”, as well as 11 other partnering Monegasque humanitarian associations whose mission is that the Rights of Children be better respected around the world. Protecting children is our responsibility!
“Children see magic because they look for it.” Christopher Moore, writer