UNICEF Day 2018: Theme, Activities, History, Significance and Celebrations

UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) was found by UN General Assembly on 11 December 1946 for safeguarding children’s rights and to comfort them by providing basic needs as well as to provide the opportunities to grow.

UNICEF Day 2018

On every year of 11th December, UNICEF day is observed to provide long-standing charitable and developmental support to children and mothers in evolving countries.

UNICEF History

Founded on: 11 December 1946 as United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

Founder: Ludwik Witold Rajchman

Director: Maurice Pate

Type: Fund

UNICEF Stand For: United Nations Children’s Fund (Since 1953)

UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) was established seventy one years back in order to offer sufficient food and health care to the children in countries that had been shattered by World War II.

Ludwik Witold Rajchman, who was the Polish physician and bacteriologist, is considered as the founder of UNICEF. He assisted UNICEF from 1946, as its first Chairman to 1950.

On Rajchman’s recommendation, Maurice Pate who was an American humanitarian and businessman was selected as the first executive director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from the year 1947 to 1965 till his death.

In the year 1950, UNICEF’s directive was drawn-out to fulfill the enduring needs of children and women in evolving countries around the world.

In 1953, it turns out to be an everlasting part of the United Nations System. Few changes were made in the name of the organisation such as “international” and “emergency” were removed from the organization’s name and creating it just the United Nations Children’s Fund, holding the original abbreviation, “UNICEF”.

How UNICEF Day is observed

Seminars, speeches and social events are conducted on this day to make people more aware about the children living in the countries which are facing problems due to various causes such as wars, disease, poverty etc.

Children, who are the future of the world are living in worst conditions in various places around the globe and need our help, thus by spreading awareness and raising funds these children can get better education as well as better food and basic essentials to get better future and growth.

UNICEF Humanitarian Work

UNICEF is responsible for providing emergency relief, medicine, clean water, healthier nourishment and improved education for kids in more than 150 countries in the world.

UNICEF provides charitable and development support to children and mothers in developing countries around the globe.

UNICEF’s emphases mostly on children welfare and certain goals on which it focuses on include:

  • Immunization of Children from backward or developing countries
  • Safeguarding children and their rights
  • Better education for girls in backward countries
  • Prevention of syndromes such as HIV/AIDS which is mostly common in poverty stricken areas of the country.
  • Proper treatment and childhood care in their initial stage

In addition UNICEF provides an opportunity to raise education about the challenges faced by children around the globe as well as raise the funds for UNICEF’s work from the general public.

UNICEF Day is also a chance for kids, parents and teachers to learn more about the places which are stricken by poverty, disease or any war battles around the world and its impact on the children in their health as well as education.

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