New Year’s Babies: Over 370,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day – UNICEF

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New Year’s Babies Over 370,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day - UNICEF Brandspurng
UNI288585/Dejongh/2020 New mother Animata cuddles her newborn baby at the PMI health center of Odienné, Northeast of Côte d'Ivoire.

With the calendar flipping to 2021, UNICEF dedicates its 75th year to reimagining a better world for children.

NEW YORK, 1 January 2021 – An estimated 371,504 babies will be born around the world on New Year’s Day, according to UNICEF.

As the calendar turns to 2021, UNICEF is again celebrating the new lives being brought into the world on January 1. Fiji in the Pacific will welcome 2021’s, first baby. The United States will welcome its last.

New Year’s Babies Over 370,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day - UNICEF Brandspurng
UNI288585/Dejongh/2020
New mother Animata cuddles her newborn baby at the PMI health center of Odienné, Northeast of Côte d’Ivoire.

Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take 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. Their average life expectancy is expected to be 84 years.

“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,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “Children born today will inherit the world we begin to build for them—today. Let us make 2021 the year we start to build a fairer, safer, healthier world for children.”

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.

Most popular baby names in select countries around the time of UNICEF’s creation*

Male

Female

AustraliaJohnMargaret
ChinaMingShulan
CroatiaIvanMarija
DenmarkErikKristen
FranceJeanMarie
GermanyHansRenate
IsraelMosheEsther
JapanMasaruKazuko
KoreaYeong-hoYeong-ja
PolandJanMaria
RussiaIvanMaria
SpainJoseMaría Carmen
United KingdomJohnMargaret
United StatesJamesMary

 

“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,” said Fore. “For the last 75 years, throughout conflicts, displacements, natural disasters and crises, UNICEF has been there for the world’s children. As a New Year dawns, we renew our commitment to protect children, to speak up for their rights, and to make sure their voices are heard, no matter where they live.”

In response to the global pandemic, UNICEF launched the Reimagine campaign, a global effort to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for children. Through the campaign, UNICEF is issuing an urgent appeal to governments, the public, donors and the private sector to join UNICEF as we seek to respond, recover and reimagine a better, post-pandemic world.