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October 31

On Halloween in 1950, school children in Philadelphia started an important tradition that has inspired millions of children to make a difference, by collecting money for the children of the world when they went trick-or-treating. The school children raised $17 in 1950, but since then children have raised nearly $200 million dollars for UNICEF's work to provide emergency relief, medicine, clean water, better nutrition and better education for kids in 160 countries.

UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund was created by the UN General Assembly in 1946 to provide humanitarian and development assistance to children and mothers in developing nations. UNICEF's focuses include: immunization, child protection, education of girls, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and early childhood care. These are the same focuses of the Millennium Development Goals -- specific goals that all of the leaders of the world agreed to work towards.

In addition to providing an opportunity to raise funds for UNICEF's work, UNICEF Day is also a chance for kids, their parents and teachers to learn about the challenges facing children around the world - from poverty and diseases to armed conflicts. It's also a time to learn about the rights of all children as declared in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to remind our governments about their pledge to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

"There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace." -- Kofi Annan


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DO ONE THING for a Better World

1. Find out more about UNICEF, the Declaration on the Rights of the Child and the Millennium Development Goals.

2. Hold an event to educate your community about UNICEF's work.

3. Support UNICEF and other organization working to help children in need.



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UNICEF Day - October 31

Clay Aiken

Kofi Annan

Drew Barrymore

Harry Belafonte

Carol Bellamy

Pierce Brosnan

Lauren Bush

Gabriel Byrne

Pablo Casals

Jackie Chan

Judy Collins

Jane Curtin

Doris Day

Marian Wright Edelman

Ralph Fiennes

Laurence Fishburne

Mohandas Gandhi

Whoopi Goldberg

Dorothy Height

Audrey Hepburn

Hubert Humphrey


Scarlett Johansson

Angelina Jolie

Danny Kaye

Nicole Kidman

Craig Kielburger

Jessica Lange

Tea Leoni

Lucy Liu

Graca Machel-Mandela

Ewan McGregor

Alyssa Milano

Maria Montessori

Roger Moore

Nana Mouskouri

Holly Near

Liam Neeson

Barack Obama

Edward James Olmos

Olara Otunnu

Sarah Jessica Parker

Brad Pitt

Susan Sarandon

Claudia Schiffer


Emma Thompson

Desmond Tutu

Peter Ustinov

Kanye West

Oprah Winfrey

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