UNICEF Day and its Significance
UNICEF Day is observed every year on 11 December | Image Source: https://www.unicef.org/
UNICEF Day is observed every year on 11 December. It is aimed to enhance awareness about saving children’s lives by defending and helping them to fulfil their goals and life wishes. In 1946, the United Nations General Assembly announced this day for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). The day provides assistance for the health, nutrition, education, and welfare of children during World War II. The organisation with its theme of establishments, it aims is to eliminate hunger, violation of children’s rights, and discrimination against race, region, or religion.
Other similar observations
In addition to observance for UNICEF Day, there are many other days which are similar and thematic to the cause. Universal Children’s Day is observed on 20 November, while United Nation Day is observed annually on 24 October.
Theme for UNICEF Day 2021
This year, UNICEF is celebrating its 75th birth anniversary. The theme for UNICEF Day 2021 is to help children recover from interruptions and learning losses experienced through pandemics in the last two years.
Message from Various Organisations
The UNICEF conveyed the importance of every child and their well-being. The organisation highlighted the importance of its existence from last 75 years through conflict to climate change.
It's our birthday! For 75 years, UNICEF has championed child rights.— UNICEF (@UNICEF) December 11, 2021
From conflict to climate change and COVID-19, these are the historic moments which have defined our work #ForEveryChild.#UNICEF75https://t.co/MJHEAexiol
Quick facts about Children poverty
Here are some hard facts about child poverty and hunger:
- 356 million children are living in extreme poverty, forced to survive on less than $1.90 a day
- Children are more than twice as likely to live in poverty than adults.
- Children from the poorest households die at twice the rate of their better-off peers.
- 1 billion children worldwide are multi-dimensionally poor – without access to education, health, housing, nutrition, sanitation or water.
- Some 150 million additional children have been plunged into multidimensional poverty due to COVID-19.
- Approximately 3.1 million children die from undernutrition each year. Hunger and undernutrition contribute to more than half of global child deaths, as undernutrition can make children more vulnerable to illness and exacerbate disease.
History of UNICEF Day
The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Our mandate was clear: to help children and young people whose lives and futures were at risk – no matter what role their country had played in the war.
What mattered to UNICEF was reaching every child in need, protecting children’s rights to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential.
This is the DNA of UNICEF. From the ashes of war to the global challenges that affect millions today, our mandate has never wavered. UNICEF has consistently worked to protect the rights and well-being of all children. Whoever they are. Wherever they live.
Some quotes about children
Here are some quotes. If you wish to send someone, just pick one, two or all.
- Working with UNICEF made me grow up and recognize how fortunate I am. – Roger Moore
- UNICEF is successfully giving children and young people all over the world opportunities and hope. Just like the ones we met on the Long Way Down – protecting them from exploitation and giving them chances in life. – Ewan McGregor
- I believe that UNICEF is the most important branch of the U.N.; they do exceptional work to help the neediest children around the world. – Liam Neeson
- I have a long-lasting gratitude and trust for what UNICEF does. – Audrey Hepburn
- UNICEF wants to encourage a sense of stability for a child. – Ralph Fiennes
- The cause of making the world a better place for children unites us all. – Liam Neeson
- If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one. – Mother Teresa
- Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam