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The United Nations Children’s Fund-India (UNICEF) on November 14, 2018 appointed Asian Games gold-medalist sprinter Hima Das as India’s first ever Youth Ambassador. UNICEF India works along with the Central Government to ensure that children born in India get the best start in life, thrive and develop to his or her full potential.

Recently, Hima clinched a Gold medal in Women’s 4×400 metre relay event at the 2018 Asian Games, held from August 18 to September 2, 2018 at Jakarta, Indonesian. She also won Silver in the Women’s 400m Race event with a clock timing of 50.59 seconds.

About Hima Das

  • Hailing from Nagaon district of Assam, Hima Das took up serious running in 2017.
  • In July 2018, Hima scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman athlete to win a gold medal in the women’s 400m final race at the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships in Tampere, Finland. 
  • With the win at IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championship, Das became the first Indian woman, be it junior or senior, to win a gold medal at any level in a World Championship. 
  • She is also the first Indian woman to win a gold medal at any athletics meet at the world level. 
  • Das had earlier clocked an Indian U-20 record of 51.32 seconds to finish sixth in the Commonwealth Games 400m final in Gold Coast in April 2018.
  • Nicknamed the ‘Dhing Express’, Hima was among the 20 sportspersons to be recommended for the Arjuna Award.
  • In October 2018, Hima joined Indian Oil Corporation as a Grade ‘A’ HR Officer.

About UNICEF

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was created by the United Nations General Assembly on the 11th of December 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II.

The United Nations Children’s Fund  (UNICEF ) is a United Nations (UN) programme headquartered in New York City that provides humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

It is a member of the United Nations Development Group

UNICEF Annual report

Annual report outlines our efforts to realize the rights of every child and break the cycle of poverty and inequity around the world.

UNICEF National Committees

There are national committees in 34 [industrialized] countries, each established as an independent local non-governmental organization. The national committees raise funds from the private sector.

Funding

  • UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions, and the National Committees collectively raise around one-third of UNICEF’s annual income.
  • This comes through contributions from corporations, civil society organizations around six million individual donors worldwide.
  • UNICEF works to improve the policies and services that protect all children. We aim to make the world a safe and inclusive place for children to grow.
  • Child safety through protection and inclusion
  • Explore our education initiatives
  • Helping children to survive and thrive
  • Child mortality has decreased globally. UNICEF works to make sure solutions reach all children, everywhere.

UNICEF and India

The organisation began its work in India in 1949 with three staff members and established an office in Delhi three years later. Currently, it advocates for the rights of India’s children in 16 states.

In September 2000, 189 countries including India signed the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing to eradicating extreme poverty in all its forms by 2015.

The Millennium Development Goals for 2015

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership for development

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