Children and adults united at the 60th anniversary of UNICEF
Generations witness that long term investments in child health and survival pay off in Croatia as grandparents, parents and children join at the 60th Anniversary of UNICEF
Zagreb, 12 December 2006 – Emotions were running high on the evening of 12 December 2006 as UNICEF reminded Croatia that the organisation was there for today's grandparents, investing in child health and survival and that it is still here protecting children from violence and investing in early childhood development.
At the 60th Anniversary event UNICEF gathered together friends – business leaders, government officials, child rights activists, parents, grandparents and children to commemorate the organisation’s efforts in making the world a better place for children and to remind everyone that there are still children living in poverty, hunger, disease and conflict.
UNICEF honoured Dr Emil Paravina, Ms Blanka Segovic and Professor Josip Grguric – all child rights activists – for their lifetime dedication to child rights with the “Friend to generations of children" award, especially designed for the occasion by Jelena Mavric, a 15-year-old high school student.
The marking of the 60th anniversary of UNICEF began in August 2006 with the campaign about major projects of UNICEF in Croatia – the setting up of first dairies that meant at least one meal per day, eradication of malaria, first plant producing penicillin, first health centres for mothers and children and emergency relief during the war at the beginning of 90s.
An anniversary postage stamp was launched at the beginning of December with theme “For this birthday, buy us a stamp instead of a cake”, followed by an exhibition in central Zagreb.
On the occasion of 60th Anniversary, UNICEF Croatia launched a Croatian version of the book "A Life Like Mine" – a remarkable insight into the lives children lead all around the world. This children’s book is now being distributed to all children’s libraries and elementary schools in Croatia as part of UNICEF’s education for development efforts in Croatia.
For more information, please contact:
Tanja Radocaj, Social Policy Officer
Gorana Dojcinovic, Communication and Administration Assistant
"UNICEF- A friend of children for generations" - campaign
These posters are from a campaign telling the achievements of UNICEF in Croatia. People from different generations told stories about the eradication of malaria, the first penicillin factory, building milk industry and UNICEFs work during the recent war.