UNICEF: With a total of almost 60,000 new-borns, India becomes the country with the highest number of babies born on New year's day, 2021 in the world. The news came to light after UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) released their report where India is said to account for 17% of the total babies born globally.
As per UNICEF reports, over 3.7 lakh babies were born around the world on January 1, 2021. India, with an actual total of 59,995 stands first in the list of babies born on this day.
Reportedly, India is followed with a huge interval by other countries, starting with China. The countries next to India in reporting maximum births on New Year's day include: 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).
The UNICEF findings further state that out of the total estimated global number of 3.7 crores, more than half of it is estimated to have taken place in ten major countries. These are, yet again, India, China, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ethiopia, the United States, Egypt, Bangladesh and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
An estimated total of 140 million children will be born in 2021 and their average life expectancy is expected to be 84 years, the UNICEF added.
Speaking of their report, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said, "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."
It is worth mentioning that the UN (United Nations) organisation dedicated to children's welfare and development all across the world also asked nations to make 2021 the year to start building a fairer, safer, healthier world for children.
Notably, UNICEF will complete its 75th year this year. Over the course of the year, UNICEF and its partner organisations are planning to commemorate the 75 years jubilee with events and announcements marking the three-quarters of a century where they have stood by and protected children from conflict, disease and exclusion and thereby championed their right to survival, health and education.