New Year’s Babies: Over 370,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day

With the calendar flipping to 2021, UNICEF dedicates its 75th year to reimagining a better world for children

31 December 2020
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NEW YORK, 1 January 2021 – An estimated 371,504 babies will be born around the world on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF.

 

As the calendar turns to 2021, UNICEF is again celebrating the new lives being brought into the world on January 1. Fiji in the Pacific will welcome 2021’s first baby. The United States will welcome its last. Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in 10 countries: India (59,995), China (35,615), Nigeria (21,439), Pakistan (14,161), Indonesia (12,336), Ethiopia (12,006), the United States (10,312), Egypt (9,455), Bangladesh (9,236), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (8,640). In Mongolia 174 children will be born this day.

In total, an estimated 140 million children will be born in 2021. Their average life expectancy is expected to be 84 years.

“The children born today enter a world far different than even a year ago, and a New Year brings a new opportunity to reimagine it,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Children born today will inherit the world we begin to build for them—today. Let us make 2021 the year we start to build a fairer, safer, healthier world for children.”


Most popular baby names in select countries around the time of UNICEF’s creation* (male, female)

Australia: John, Margaret
China: Ming, Shulan
Croatia: Ivan, Marija
Denmark: Erik, Kisten
France: Jean, Marie
Germany: Hans, Renate
Israel: Moshe, Esther
Japan: Masaru, Kazuko
Korea: Yeong-ho, Yeong-ja
Mongolia: Anand, Amin-Erdene
Poland: Jan, Maria
Russia: Ivan, Maria
Spain: Jose, Maria Carmen
United Kingdom: John, Margaret
United States: James, Mary


2021 will also mark the 75th anniversary of UNICEF. Over the course of the year, UNICEF and its partners will be commemorating the anniversary with events and announcements celebrating three-quarters of a century of protecting children from conflict, disease and exclusion and championing their right to survival, health and education.

“Today, as the world faces a global pandemic, economic slowdown, rising poverty and deepening inequality, the need for UNICEF’s work is as great as ever,” said Fore. “For the last 75 years, throughout conflicts, displacements, natural disasters and crises, UNICEF has been there for the world’s children. As a New Year dawns, we renew our commitment to protect children, to speak up for their rights, and to make sure their voices are heard, no matter where they live.”

In response to the global pandemic, UNICEF launched the Reimagine campaign, a global effort to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children. Through the campaign, UNICEF is issuing an urgent appeal to governments, the public, donors and the private sector to join UNICEF as we seek to respond, recover and reimagine a better, post-pandemic world.

 

Notes to Editors

*Data on baby names compiled by Dr. I. M. Nick of the American Name Society. Countries and territories included based on availability of statistical data compiled and released by regional or national governmental agencies.

For complete estimates on births for 236 countries and territories, click here.

For the estimates, UNICEF used vital registration and nationally representative household survey data to estimate the monthly and daily fractions of births in countries. UNICEF used the annual live births numbers and period life expectancy from the latest revision of the UN’s World Population Prospects (2019) to estimate the babies born on 1 January 2021 and their cohort life expectancy.

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About the Reimagine Campaign 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UNICEF has launched Reimagine — an urgent appeal to governments, the public, donors and the private sector to support UNICEF’s efforts to respond, recover and reimagine a world currently besieged by COVID-19. Together, we can prevent this pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children—especially the most vulnerable—and Reimagine a fairer world for every child.

Join us: https://www.unicef.org/coronavirus/covid-19/donate

 

For more information, please contact:
Sara Alhattab, UNICEF New York, +1 917 957 6536, salhattab@unicef.org

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UNICEF Mongolia
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