The Post Office Issues Special Post Stamp to Mark UNICEF 60th Anniversary
Sixty Years of UNICEF
October 2, 2006 - Today the Post Office launched a special post stamp marking UNICEF 60th Anniversary. Some 35,000 copies will be distributed to all post offices countrywide.
“Children in this country were amongst the first to receive UNICEF assistance after the organisation 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 first call for children in policies, laws and budgets through long-term development programmes and emergency support.”
UNICEF provided milk, blankets and medical supplies to children in this country immediately after World War II. In the nineteen fifties UNICEF supported the local Government to eradicate malaria and initiated the formation of the Institute for Mother and Child Health Care (1957). UNICED 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 the country after it became an independent state and since then has contributed to many “child friendly” reform initiatives as well as providing emergency assistance.
Currently UNICEF is working with the Government on long-term development programmes to ensure children have access to quality basic services (health, education, child care and protection), on the development of social policies and programmes, and on quality data collection. Programmes designed to prepare today’s children to fulfil their potential as adult EU citizens – a competitive future 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 day 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.