United for Children: UNICEF marks 60th anniversary
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 11 December 2006 – United Nations Children’s Fund celebrates its 60th anniversary today, 60 years of work for the benefit of world’s children.
Established in 1946 as an emergency organization, UNICEF provided food, milk and clothes to children in war-torn Europe and China. In the six decades since it was formed, UNICEF has evolved from an emergency fund to a development agency committed to protecting the rights and meeting the needs of children all over the world.
“The survival, protection and development of children are universal imperative that lie at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals, the central objective for human progress in the coming decade. UNICEF strives to make these goals a reality for every child,“ highlighted UNICEF’s Executive Director Ann Veneman.
UNICEF marks its anniversary throughout the globe by launching campaigns and major publications on child’s issues as well as organising the events for children, parents, government partners, donors and policy makers to raise the awareness of child rights.
UNICEF Turkmenistan has marked the 60th anniversary by a series of events.
A round table on child rights organized in late November by UNICEF and the Youth Organization of Turkmenistan was of a number of events held in Turkmenistan to mark the anniversary. The round table brought together children of different backgrounds to discuss their right for education, healthcare, protection and participation. Through interactive exercises and games the participants broadened their knowledge of UNICEF’s work around the world and learned how children could advocate for their own rights.
On 5 December 2006, about a thousand guests attended the opening of the photo exhibition on UNICEF’s history and development decades. This joint UNICEF-Government of Turkmenistan collaboration took place at the National Music and Drama Theatre of Turkmenistan. The photo exhibition commemorated UNICEF’s 60th anniversary and traced decade by decade how the cause of helping children internationally has evolved since World War II. Images at the exhibition also illustrated UNICEF’s 15-year collaboration with the Government of Turkmenistan in the area of child survival, development, protection and participation. The exhibition was displayed throughout the week at the National Library of Turkmenistan after its official opening and will continue to be displayed at the United Nations building until the end of 2006.
The exhibition opening was followed by a spectacular concert by Turkmenistan children at the National Music and Drama Theatre. The live performances of the violinists’ ensemble, choir, dance groups and soloists made an unforgettable impression on all present. From classical to popular music, from jazz to folk, the performances illustrated the power of children when they unite together.
“It is our privilege to work with such a world-renowned agency for children as UNICEF,” said the Deputy Minister of Culture, TV and Radio Broadcasting Mr. Murad Orazov at the opening of the concert. “It is our hope that the partnership with UNICEF will expand in the years to come to bring positive results for children,” Mr. Orazov added.
“Children are the country’s greatest resource and if Turkmenistan strives to ensure the best future for its citizens, it should first ensure that children are well-educated, nurtured and protected,” said UNICEF Turkmenistan Representative, Mahboob Shareef, at the event.
A round table with Government partners as well as a reception will conclude the celebration events on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of UNICEF.
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
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