UNICEF Birthday – December 11
The United Nations General Assembly created UNICEF on December 11, 1946. Initially, UNICEF provided emergency assistance to children devastated by WWII. Ludwik Rajchman, a Polish bacteriologist, is regarded as the founder of UNICEF. He served as the organization’s first chairman until 1950. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System. While the name was shorted from the original United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, it continues to be known by the popular acronym based on the previous title.