(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)

UNICEF Birthday - December 11


On December 11, the anniversary of the creation of UNICEF is remembered.  

Since its founding, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing country.  Around the world, UNICEF responds when emergencies arise in war-torn countries, the aftermath of natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

Headquartered in New York City, it is one of the members of the United Nations Development Group and its Executive Committee.

The United Nations General Assembly created UNICEF on December 11, 1946 when children devastated as a solution to the growing need to for emergency assistance for children affected by World War II.  Ludwik Rajchman, a Polish bacteriologist, is regarded as the founder of UNICEF and was its first chairman from 1946 to 1950.  In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System and its name was shortened from the original United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund but it has continued to be known by the popular acronym based on this previous title.

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