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A warm welcome to UNICEF

09 January 2008 at 19:54 CET

 The United Nations Children's Fund (or UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly in 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System.  

 UNICEF is on the ground in 150 countries. They help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. As the world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individual people, companies, foundations and governments.  

 The EBU and the participating broadcasters will donate all their income from the show’s televoting to UNICEF.

On the 8th of December, the fifth running of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, hosted by AVRO.