UNICEF Day 2021: UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) was established by the United Nations after world war- II to help those children whose lives were devastated after war. It provides humanitarian and relief aid to children globally. UNICEF is currently one of the biggest organisations in the world which works for children’s welfare. It has a presence in almost 192 countries and territories.
Currently UNICEF’s work is not only limited to post war rehabilitation but they are operating in multiple fields like disease prevention and proper immunization, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV disease, enhancing childhood and giving maternal nutrition, improving sanitation and hygiene, and promoting education.
UNICEF Day 2021 History and Significance:
The United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to create UNICEF on 11 December 1946 to provide assistance to children who suffered the impact of World War II globally. Initially it was started as a temporary relief fund by the United Nations and known as the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. It has the entitlement to use the UN logo.
UNICEF day is observed on 11th December every year to create awareness about children’s rights, highlight their suffering though hunger or malnutrition, promote their education and work on various solutions to their problems. Various campaigns, sessions and donation drives are arranged on this day.
After the COVID-19 pandemic UNICEF turned their focus to work for the children’s issues after the pandemic like health, mental health, children vaccination and children’s education during lockdown.
UNICEF Day 2021: Theme
UNICEF is now providing a lot of opportunities across the globe and working to develop a better future for the children who are going through poverty. The organisation also received the Nobel Peace prize in 1965 and the Indira Gandhi prize in 1989. A lot of other prizes are also provided to the organisation. UNICEF also worked along with the World Health Organisation in 2020 to provide relief for the covid-19 victims across the world. December 11th will be celebrated in order to remember the creation of UNICEF and the work that it has done to develop a better world.
UNICEF Day 2021 popular quotes:
- “Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.” -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
- Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged by man.” -Rabindranath Tagore
- “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” -Mother Teresa
- “I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II.” -Audrey Hepburn
- “Around the world, children are showing us their strength and leadership advocating for a more sustainable world for all. Let us build on advances and re-commit to putting children first. ” – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres
- “Hunger is not a problem. It is an obscenity. How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” -Anne Frank
- “I never look at the masses as my responsibility. I look at the individual. I can love only one person at a time. Just one, one, one.”- Mother Teresa
- “The cause of making the world a better place for children unites us all.” – Liam Neeson
- “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
- “UNICEF is helping mothers realize their dreams for the future – a future in which the basic needs for a child’s survival: food, clean water, and simple health care – are guaranteed.” – Jane Curtin
- “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