Students lift their arms suring a movement exercise in a preschool for Roma children in the Zemun Polje neighborhood of Belgrade, Serbia.  Many of the children are from refugee families that fled from Kosovo. Lacking legal legal status in Serbia, their children are unable to attend regular schools.


The Annual Prayer Service for Children and Young People” took place on 18 September at the Tillman Chapel, at the Church Center for the United Nations, just across the street from the UN headquarters.

World Vision President and CEO, Rev. Andrew Morley led the prayer and called on world leaders gathering at the United Nations to rally around urgent actions to save entire generations of children and young people.”

The multiple and interconnected crisis and conflicts facing the world have serious and devastating psychological, physical, and social impacts on children and young people.

According to World Vision, over 78 million are out of school; 120 million who are attending school are not achieving required proficiency; and overall 222 million children and young people are in need of educational support.

"The World Council of Churches continues to advocate for all children,” said Dr Ryan Smith, WCC programme executive for the Ecumenical Office to the United Nations in New York. The annual prayer service starts the high-level week at the UN General Assembly where the faithful gather to pray for all children and for a better future.”

Other partners of the prayer included Caritas Internationalis, the Episcopal Church, ACT Alliance, Anglican Communion, Lutheran World Federation, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, and World Evangelical Alliance.

Watch the recording of the prayer service