SunstarTV Bureau: According to the UN’s children’s agency, India had estimated to have recorded the highest number of births at around 60,000 on New Year’s Day.
New year. New life. New opportunities to reimagine a better future for every child. pic.twitter.com/nQwMIDL8Eg
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) January 1, 2021
UNICEF mentioned an estimated 371,504 babies were born around the world on New Year’s Day.
Fiji in the Pacific was projected to have welcomed 2021’s first baby while the United States had welcomed its last.
Globally, over half of these births are estimated to have taken place in 10 countries: India (59,995), China (35,615), Nigeria (21,439), Pakistan (14,161), Indonesia (12,336), Ethiopia (12,006), the United States (10,312), Egypt (9,455), Bangladesh (9,236) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (8,640).
In total, an estimated 140 million children will be born in 2021 and their average life expectancy is expected to be 84 years, the UN agency said.
The children born today enter a world far different than even a year ago, and a New Year brings a new opportunity to reimagine it. https://t.co/UY6WKuSK2G
— Henrietta H. Fore (@unicefchief) January 1, 2021
UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said, “The children born today enter a world far different than even a year ago, and a New Year brings a new opportunity to re-evaluate it.”
The year 2021 will also mark the 75th anniversary of UNICEF. Over the course of the year, UNICEF and its partners will be commemorating the anniversary with events and announcements celebrating three-quarters of a century of protecting children from conflict, disease and exclusion and championing their right to survival, health and education.
Fore said, “Today, as the world faces a global pandemic, economic slowdown, rising poverty and deepening inequality, the need for UNICEF’s work is as great as ever”.