The country will see a total of 3,002 babies born on Jan. 1, 2021, according to a UNICEF report. The babies will have an average lifespan of 88. 6 years.
The first baby of 2021 will be born in Fiji.
The Vietnamese will babies make up almost 1% of those estimated to be born on New Year’s Day throughout the world.
UNICEF has also expressed its concerns at the high sex ratio imbalance at birth in Vietnam, with 111.5 boys per 100 girls, according to the 2019 Population and Housing Census, the third highest in the world behind China and India.
“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,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “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 2021 also marks 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.
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