UNICEF was established December 11, 1946 by the United Nations to meet the emergency needs of children in post-war Europe and China. Its full name was the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund. In 1950, its mandate was broadened to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations system in 1953, when its name was shortened to the United Nations Children’s Fund. But UNICEF still retains its original acronym. Here are some recent facts concerning women and children: 17,000 children die every day, mostly from preventable or treatable causes. Nearly half of all deaths in children under age 5 are attributed to under nutrition—so that’s about 3 million young lives a year. Every 10 minutes, somewhere in the world, an adolescent girl dies as a result of violence.
Brian Meyers, the Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, will talk on behalf of UNICEF.