371,504 babies will be born globally on New Year day, 21,439 in Nigeria –UNICEF

An estimated 371,504 babies will be born around the world on the first day of 2021, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

About 21,439 of these babies will be born in Nigeria on January 1, 2021, the UN agency said

According to a press statement by the UN agency, “Fiji in the Pacific will welcome 2021’s first baby. The United States will welcome its last. 

“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,” it noted.

It said that UNICEF used vital registration and nationally representative household survey data to estimate the monthly and daily fractions of births in the countries. 

“UNICEF used the annual live births numbers and period life expectancy from the latest revision of the UN’s World Population Prospects (2019) to estimate the babies born on 1 January 2021 and their cohort life expectancy,” it said.

According to UNICEF Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, “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.

“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.”

The agency said 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,” it noted.

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