WASHINGTON – Today, Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) introduced a resolution celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and applauding the role UNICEF has played in protecting the rights and lives of vulnerable children worldwide. UNICEF was established on December 11, 1946 to provide assistance to vulnerable children around the world.

“I am proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution celebrating 75 years of UNICEF,” said Senator Coons. “Each year, UNICEF staff in all corners of the world work to support and empower children to ensure that every child has access to clean water, education, protection from abuse, and immunizations in over 190 countries and territories. As Chairman of the State and Foreign Operations appropriations subcommittee, I have been proud to support UNICEF’s life-saving work, and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

“Over the past 75 years, the United Nations Children’s Fund has been a lifeline to children facing poverty, malnutrition, and disease around the world,” said Senator Collins.  “Our bipartisan resolution celebrates UNICEF’s milestone anniversary and recognizes the important work the organization does to provide relief to millions of children.  It also underscores the United States’ continued partnership with UNICEF to help ensure that children have access to essential medical services, clean drinking water, a quality education, and a brighter future.”

Michael J. Nyenhuis, President and CEO of UNICEF USA, applauded the senators’ recognition of this anniversary: “Senator Coons and Senator Collins are champions for children everywhere. On behalf of the ten million Americans who have supported UNICEF’s work, I appreciate the bipartisan recognition of UNICEF’s anniversary, and its long partnership with the United States. We look forward to continuing our work together to build a better world for children.” 

Full resolution text here.