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UNICEF: 70 years for every child

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A mother looks the other way as her baby receives needle vaccination. Villagers turn vaccination days into festive events, often organising the entire community to receive visiting health workers responsible for their local regions.

On the 11th of December 2016, UNICEF celebrated the 70th anniversary of its founding. UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.

“UNICEF was founded after World War II to bring help and hope to all children at risk or in need – no matter which country they lived in or what role that country played in the war. Our mission is no less urgent and universal today,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “With so many children around the world in so much need, we are recommitting ourselves to delivering results for every child.”

The organization was established by the United Nations General Assembly to help children in post-war Europe, China and the Middle East. Funded entirely through voluntary contributions from governments, civil society, the private sector and concerned citizens, it rapidly expanded its reach and by 1955 was working for children in more than 90 countries.

Today, UNICEF is the world’s largest children’s organization, working with partners in 190 countries and territories and through the efforts of 13,000 national and international staff to reach every child.

UNICEF’s relentless engagement in the world’s toughest places has helped create remarkable progress for children in recent decades. The number of children dying before their fifth birthdays has been more than halved in the past 25 years. Hundreds of millions of children have been lifted out of poverty. Out-of-school rates among primary-school-aged children have been reduced by more than 40 per cent since 1990.

Read more:

Press release: UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

The history of UNICEF in Nigeria

Website: UNICEF 70th Anniversary

Read or download our anniversary publication: For Every Child, Hope: UNICEF @ 70, 1946–2016

Press release: Universal Children’s Day: Two hundred world renowned writers come together for children’s rights

Tiny stories by Nigerian writers in celebration of UNICEF's 70th anniversary

Website: Tiny stories



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