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At a glance: Belgium

UNICEF in Belgium

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Axelle Red, Singer. “When I was little, I wanted to be a singer. I was able to fulfil my dream because I live in a rich country. UNICEF helps children to make their dreams come true.”

UNICEF Belgium was created on 26 June 1952, and is the oldest National Committee for UNICEF in Europe. The work of the Belgian National Committee for UNICEF focuses mainly on communication and fundraising for children worldwide. Since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, the Committee has become a frontline advocate for children’s rights.

Child rights education and the promotion of the right of children and youngsters to participate is fostered through the “What do you think?” Project www.whatdoyouthink.be, a major ongoing consultation campaign.The Committee is also very engaged in pursuing commitments made at the UN Special Session on Children (May 2002) with policy-makers and the general public.

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Alain Hubert, explorer. On his way to the North Pole to stake the UNICEF flag on the exact spot.

UNICEF Belgium works with the help of hundreds of volunteers in some 50 sub-committees throughout the country.. You can learn more about volunteering, donating or buying cards through the links on the right under ‘Visit UNICEF Belgium’; you can also leave a legacy to UNICEF Belgium.

As well as volunteers, UNICEF Belgium counts on the fantastic support of Goodwill Ambassadors, some of whom are detailed below. For others go to the www.unicef.be website and click on ambassadors in the menu. These Ambassadors are a key component of our communication strategy. They raise awareness of issues, make field trips and support various campaigns.


















Basic Indicators

Under-5 mortality rank


Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR), 1990


Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR), 2012


U5MR by sex 2012, male


U5MR by sex 2012, female


Infant mortality rate (under 1), 1990


Infant mortality rate (under 1), 2012


Neonatal mortality rate 2012


Total population (thousands) 2012


Annual no. of births (thousands) 2012


Annual no. of under-5 deaths (thousands) 2012


GNI per capita (US$) 2012


Life expectancy at birth (years) 2012


Total adult literacy rate (%) 2008-2012*

Primary school net enrolment ratio (%) 2008-2011*


Definitions and data sources [popup]

Source: The State of the World's Children

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