Macedonian Post Office issues a special postage stamp to mark 60th anniversary of UNICEF
Macedonia marks sixty years of UNICEF
October 2, 2006 - The Macedonian Post Office today launched a special postage stamp and collectors' pack marking UNICEF 60th anniversary. Some 35,000 copies will be distributed to all post offices countrywide.
“The children of Macedonia were amongst the first to receive UNICEF assistance after the organization was established in 1946”
“The children of Macedonia were amongst the first to receive UNICEF assistance after the organization was established in 1946 to provide emergency supplies and assistance to war-affected children in Europe.” said Ms. Hongwei Gao, UNICEF Country Representative. “Today UNICEF works in over 150 countries in the areas of young child survival and development, basic education and gender equality, HIV/AIDS and children, child protection and it acts as the first call for children in policies, laws and budgets through long-term development programmes and emergency support.”
Immediately after World War II, UNICEF provided milk, blankets and medical supplies to the children of Macedonia. Then, in the nineteen fifties UNICEF supported the local government’s efforts to eradicate malaria and it initiated the formation of the Institute for Mother and Child Health Care (1957). UNICEF also provided emergency support to children and families affected by the Skopje earthquake in 1963.
In 1993 UNICEF was one of the first two UN agencies to open an office in Macedonia after it became an independent state and since then has contributed to many “child friendly” reform initiatives as well as providing emergency assistance.
Today UNICEF continues to work with the government on long-term development programmes to ensure children have access to quality basic services (health, education, child care and protection), and on quality data collection. These programmes are designed to prepare today’s children to fulfil their potential as tomorrow’s adult European Union citizens, to nurture a competitive workforce who will contribute positively to the economic and social development of the country and the EU in the future.
UNICEF will officially celebrate its 60th Anniversary on 11 December, the date on which sixty years ago, the new United Nations General Assembly at its first meeting in London, created the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.
For additional information please contact:
Suzie Pappas Capovska, Communications Officer, UNICEF Skopje
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