Uzbekistan New Year’s Babies

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

01 January 2021
Младенец в руках счастливой матери.
UNICEF Uzbekistan/2019

TASHKENT, 1 January 2021 An estimated 1,878 babies will be born in Uzbekistan 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, its last.

Uzbekistan babies will account for 0.5 per cent of the estimated 371,504 babies to be born on New Year’s Day. Their average life expectancy is expected to be 80.6 years.

These babies come as Uzbekistan and the world faces unprecedented challenges caused by the pandemic, economic slowdown, rising poverty and inequality, we are reminded that the need for UNICEF’s work is as great as ever.

“The just-ended year was a difficult year, and there is perhaps a no better way to turn the page than to welcome new young lives into the world,” said UNICEF Representative, Munir Mammadzade. “the opportunities of 2021 before us, now is the time to begin to build a better world. Children born today will inherit the world we begin to build for them—today.”

Most popular baby names in Uzbekistan around the time of UNICEF’s creation*













While Uzbekistan has recorded progress in child survival, ensuring even progress, will require more effort to improve the quality of maternal, newborn and child health care.

UNICEF in Uzbekistan is advocating for strengthening primary health care and will work with MOH to ensure all children and mothers receive the health service they need including promotive, protective, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative – of sufficient quality, without experiencing financial hardship, in a bold bid to ensure that the children born today will survive and thrive.

2021 marks 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.

“As we begin the year of UNICEF’s 75th Anniversary—we renew our commitment to the young lives who will inherit the world we leave,” said Mr. Mammadzade.  “2021 will be a critical year for children, but UNICEF’s three-quarters of a century of delivering results for children around the world are a testament to what we can accomplish together.”


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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