India to welcome 69,944 babies on New Year’s Day: UNICEF

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New Delhi: India would welcome as many as 69,944 babies on New Year’s Day, the highest in the world, the UNICEF said on Tuesday. India would be followed by China which would welcome 44,940 babies, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund said in a report. In Nigeria, 25,685 babies will be born, it added.

The year 2019 also marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which UNICEF will be commemorating with worldwide events throughout the year. Under the convention, governments committed to, among other things, take measures to save every child by providing good quality healthcare, the UNICEF said. “This New Year Day, let’s all make a resolution to fulfill every right of every child, starting with the right to survive,” said Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director.