UNICEF Day: Importance of Celebrating UNICEF Day


Medically reviewed by

Dr. Vikas Kumar Sharma

General Health

4 min read


UNICEF, also known as United Nations Children’s Fund, earlier known as United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund, works for the development of children across the world, regardless of their region, race, caste, or culture. Thus, UNICEF performs in over 190 countries and domains to preserve children's lives, safeguard their rights, and guide them to accomplish their prospects from early childhood to adolescence.  

Key Takeaways

  • Every year UNICEF Day is celebrated on December 11 for the welfare of less privileged children across the globe
  • In the chaos of war and disaster, UNICEF provides life-saving food, clean water, medical supplies, and care
  • UNICEF Day was observed for the first time in 1946 during World War II

History of UNICEF Day 

The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) was established on December 11, 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. It existed and worked to rescue women and children from ill-treatment, starvation, and other issues. Gradually, the temporarily initiated organisation evolved into a permanent wing of the United Nations, and since then, UNICEF Day has been celebrated every year following certain specifications.  

Their declaration was precise - to offer assistance to children and young individuals whose lives and fates were at stake regardless of their country's role in the war.

What bothered UNICEF was reaching every child in need, safeguarding children's liberties to survive, thrive, and reach their highest potential.

Originating from the ashes of war to the global challenges that currently impact the mass, their decree has never been delayed. UNICEF has invariably worked to shield the freedoms and well-being of every child, regardless of their identity and origin.

In 1953, it was renamed United Nations Children's Fund from its former name.

Importance of UNICEF Day

The Theme of UNICEF Day 2022

December 11 observes the 76th anniversary of UNICEF Day 2022. This year's theme is to help children to recover from interruption and learning losses experienced through the pandemic in the last two years.

Significance of UNICEF Day

UNICEF Day is commemorated every year to extend awareness among people about the sustainable development of children and youths. It highlights eradicating hunger, violation of children's privileges, and prejudice based on race, area, or religion.

Now that you know that UNICEF Day is celebrated in December, you should also note other awareness issues observed in this month for better knowledge. They include:

National Anger Awareness Week, which is observed every year from the 1st - the 7th of December, brings awareness to the growth of unruly rage in the form of violence like domestic violence, youth crime, prison sentences, classroom disturbances, and stress-related illnesses.

The British Association of Anger Management (BAAM) offers free information on National Anger Awareness Week and nationwide anger management lessons and strives to help individuals deal with anger management matters. [2]

Additional read: Anger ManagementUNICEF Day: All You Need to Know- illus- 7

Constipation is an ordinary situation that includes missing bowels and irregular, hard or painful bowel movements that are difficult to pass. This mainly occurs when faeces or stool moves too slowly through the digestive tract or cannot be excreted effectively from the rectum, which may result in the stool becoming hard and dry.

International Foundation for Gastrointestinal Foundation (IFFGD) organises a yearly campaign in December to raise awareness about constipation. This month strives to handle dilemmas people face every day for living with constipation. It also aims to increase public awareness of a common yet often misunderstood disorder. [2]

Helping those in need is the most thoughtful act any human can accomplish. It is more satisfactory to help a child in need. UNICEF Day for Change stimulates us to remind us all about the importance of children for the future of the earth. Our responsibility is to make the world a better place for the next generation and support them to achieve their goals just like any other child.

The devastating wars in many countries have made it challenging for children to have a promising future. The absence of food, consumable water, education, health, etc., are all challenges we need to find solutions for. This day can initiate a new change that will affect the lives of children who need assistance. Supporting others can give us peace of mind and a sense of pleasure. It is also a chance to improve by doing good for others without expecting anything in return.

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Published on 24 Nov 2022Last updated on 13 Apr 2023
  1. https://iffgd.org/news/press-release/2019-iffgd-recognizes-december-as-constipation-awareness-month-with-the-launch-of-animated-patient-s-guide-to-constipation/#:~:text=News%20%C2%BB%20Press%20Release-,IFFGD%20recognizes%20December%20as%20Constipation%20Awareness%20Month%20with%20the,Animated%20Patient%27s%20Guide%20to%20Constipation
  2. https://www.angermanage.co.uk/

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