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UNICEF 75th Anniversary (1946): December 11, 2021

Press Release Number CB21-SFS.163

From the United Nations, Document: UN Resolution establishing UNICEF - The establishment of an International Children's Emergency Fund. “The United Nations Resolutions establishing UNICEF and guiding its early work was passed at the fifty-sixth plenary meeting held on 11 December 1946.”


Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino Credit: UN Photo/Marco Dormino

From UNICEF, Flagship Report: The State of the World's Children 2021 - Highlights:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about the mental health of a generation of children. But the pandemic may represent the tip of a mental health iceberg – an iceberg we have ignored for far too long. The State of the World’s Children 2021 examines child, adolescent and caregiver mental health. It focuses on risks and protective factors at critical moments in the life course and delves into the social determinants that shape mental health and well-being.

“It calls for commitment, communication and action as part of a comprehensive approach to promote good mental health for every child, protect vulnerable children and care for children facing the greatest challenges.

Click here for an interactive view of data from the report.”

Key Stats

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | International Programs | International Database.

Note: The International Database data tool shown above is cropped on the left side and bottom. Click on the image to see the full page. The data tool is interactive. You can select by country/area and by year. In addition to the Country Dashboard (shown), there are tabs for Tables, Map, Population by Age, and Trends.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Database (demographic data) and USA Trade Online (trade data).

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From Topics > Population:

Source: 2019 American Community Survey (ACS), 1-Year Estimates.

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“The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), originally known as the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 11 December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children and mothers in countries that had been devastated by World War II.  In 1950, UNICEF's mandate was extended to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words ‘international’ and ‘emergency’ were dropped from the organization's name, though it retained the original acronym, ‘UNICEF’.”

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