Did you know....
Did you know that just after
World War II, Maurice Pate refused to become UNICEF's First
Executive Director unless the organization agreed to help children
of "ex-enemy countries"?
Pate firmly set UNICEF on its future course by accepting the
leadership role on one condition — that UNICEF serve children of 'ex-enemy
Did you know that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassadors all came about
because a plane caught on fire?
The recruitment of
UNICEF’s first “Ambassador-at-Large”, was the result of a chance
encounter with then Executive Director Maurice Pate aboard a flight
from London to New York. The plane caught fire in mid-Atlantic....
Did you know that President Johnson declared October 31st,
Halloween, National UNICEF Day in perpetuity?
President of the United States is authorized and requested to issue
annually a proclamation designating October 31 as National UNICEF
Day -- The United States Congressional Record of the 89th session, 9
Did you know that UNICEF was first informed that it was awarded the
Nobel Peace Prize by a telegram of just 30 words?
"URGENT THE NOBEL COMMITTEE OF THE NORWEGIAN PARLIAMENT HAS TODAY
AWARDED TO UNICEF THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE FOR 1965 STOP MUST NOT BE
PUBLISHED TIL 6PM NORWEGIAN TIME STOP LETTER FOLLOWS"....
Did you know that Audrey Hepburn designed the official First Day
Cover of the Rights of the Child?
Beloved UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Audrey Hepburn designed the First Day Cover
of the United
Nations Postal Administration for the Rights of the Child....
Did you know that the first UNICEF greeting card was drawn by a
young Czech girl, and was printed just for internal staff use ?
in 1949, a young Czech schoolgirl drew a card to thank UNICEF for
food supplies sent to the children of her
village in the grim winter of 1946-7. Privately
printed by the UNICEF staff at Lake Success, the
first greeting card
launched a world-wide fund raising activity
providing about one third of UNICEF's annual income today....