Because every child in the world has one thing in common- Their Rights

UNICEF was established on 11 December 1946 with the objective to provide relief to children in countries that were devastated by World War II. It is headquartered in New York City, US. UNICEF works in more than 192 countries and territories in the world’s toughest place to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children to save and protect their lives. It is governed by an executive board consisting of 36 members that are elected to terms of three years by the United Nations Economic and social council.

Children are at the epicenter of today’s global emergencies. Nearly 250 million children live in countries affected by conflicts and million more face risks from natural hazards and fast-spreading epidemics. Working to improve health, safety, education, and gender equality around the world UNICEF is an internationally recognized organization that is run solely on voluntary donations. Here are some interesting facts about UNICEF:

1. UNICEF is an acronym of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. In 1952, the name was changed to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

2. It is the world’s leading charity that focuses on protecting children around the world within 192 countries.

3. Roughly 2/3rd of all UNICEF staff are national staff posted in all regions, making an impact on every area of their work in every emergency, disaster — natural or manmade.

4. The 60s and 70s became known as the development decades as UNICEF expanded its mission beyond emergency relief to become part of the UN-led global partnership.

5. In early 2001 in southern Sudan UNICEF undertook the largest mobilization of child soldier’s safety ever by airlifting over 3500 children of 8 to 18 years.

6. In 2002 a special session on children at the United Nations was conducted. It was the first session devoted entirely to children and the first to include them as delegates.

7. UNICEF was a member of a high-level task force established by Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon to eradicate extreme hunger and poverty by providing humanitarian assistance to thousands of children and families in need during 2008 natural and manmade disasters.

8. They reached out to millions of homes to teach parents about oral rehydration therapy, the simplest and most effective way to stop deaths caused by diarrhea.

9. UNICEF India developed a method of iodized salt that became the global standard.

10. As the specter of the HIV/Aids pandemic begins to affect children and young people in ever-increasing numbers, UNICEF called upon the world to unite for children against AIDs.

11. India was officially declared polio-free in the year 2014 with the help of the Indian Government partnering with UNICEF, WHO, Rotary International, and The Bills & Melinda Gates Foundation.

12. UNICEF has received rewards and recognition including Nobel Peace Prize and Indira Gandhi Prize.

13. Nelson Mandela foundation and Hamburg Society partnered with UNICEF to promote ‘School for Africa’ Campaign

14. UNICEF along with Google raise awareness on the issue of online child safety to minimize the online bullying, abuse, and exploitation

15. It helped 67% of Ukrainian school kids who suffered from bullying by starting the Stopbullying Campaign. As a result, the number of children who can correctly identify bullying increased by 30%, ignorance of the problem decreased by 31% and the number of children resisting bullies and protecting victims increased by 51%.

16. Audrey Hepburn, a British actress and humanitarian was one of the many children who were aided with medical relief and food during World War II in 1946 by UNICEF. She had donated to them since 1954 and in 1988 she took on the role of an ambassador for the organization.

17. Some of the Goodwill Ambassadors of UNICEF are David Beckham, Jackie Chan, Priyanka Chopra, Shakira, Leo Messi, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Martin, Liam Neeson, Lilly Singh.

18. South Korean band BTS launched the Love Myself Campaign in November 2017 with UNICEF towards anti-violence.

19. Emmy-Nominated, the British star of Stranger Things Millie Bobby Brown has been announced as UNICEF’s newest and youngest-ever Goodwill Ambassador.

As central and global development became their mission, UNICEF has never forgotten where they began and they still provide emergency response and post-trauma care wherever catastrophe strikes. They have helped dreams become reality for millions, they change the way the world looks at children to unite the world to guarantee every child’s right to health, education, equality, and protection.

Contributed By- Alvina Begum Zeba, Content Writer @ Mitti Ke Rang

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