In 1946, UNICEF was created to offer emergency relief to children in the aftermath of World War II. Since then, UNICEF’s reach has evolved in response to the ever-changing needs of children worldwide. UNICEF’s presence has grown to over 190 countries and territories. Whether it is delivering emergency relief to children in armed conflict, providing water and sanitation to over 153 countries, immunizing nearly 3 billion children against polio, or procuring 75 to 80 percent of the world’s Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to treat severe acute malnutrition, UNICEF has not and will not stop until every child survives and thrives.
This December marks 75 years of UNICEF’s commitment to reach every child. To commemorate this milestone anniversary, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced Senate Resolution 458. This bipartisan resolution:
- Applauds UNICEF for the critical role it plays in helping protect the rights and lives of vulnerable children around the world, including the global fight against COVID-19.
- Recommits to the United States’ partnership with and support for UNICEF.
- Pledges to work with UNICEF to reimagine the future for every child, as the world recovers and rebuilds from the global pandemic.
This resolution exemplifies the longstanding partnership between UNICEF and the United States government. Michael J. Nyenhuis, President and CEO of UNICEF USA, applauded the Senators’ effort to recognize this anniversary: “On behalf of the ten million Americans who have supported UNICEF, I appreciate the bipartisan recognition of UNICEF’s anniversary and its effectiveness. Senator Coons and Senator Collins are champions for children everywhere.”
On behalf of the ten million Americans who have supported UNICEF, I appreciate the bipartisan recognition of UNICEF’s anniversary and its effectiveness. Senator Coons and Senator Collins are champions for children everywhere. -Michael J. Nyenhuis UNICEF USA President and CEO
UNICEF USA thanks Senator Coons and Senator Collins for their leadership in recognizing UNICEF and prioritizing a better future for every child.
Call on your Senators to join their efforts and cosponsor Senate Resolution 458 (S.Res. 458) honoring UNICEF’s 75th anniversary.
Top photo: Young children play outside a UNICEF-supported mobile kindergarten housed in a ger — a traditional circular Mongolian tent — in Bayankhongor Province, Mongolia in 2018. The mobile kindergartens provide low-cost, high-impact pre-primary education for the children of nomadic herders in some of the country's poorest, most remote regions. © UNICEF/UN0220810/Matas