UNICEF Current Affairs - 2019

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Priyanka Chopra selected for Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by UNICEF

Actor Priyanka Chopra will be awarded Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award by United Nations International Children’s Fund’s (UNICEF) American chapter at their Snowflake Ball in December 2019.

Priyanka Chopra

She is known for her contribution to social causes and for being a voice for children’s education. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and most recently she visited Ethiopia as part of it. She also has been a part of United Nation’s global “Girl Up” Campaign. She is also associated with several NGOs in India to raise awareness about ways to improve the education, health and safety of girl child in India.

About United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

It is special program of UN devoted to aid national efforts to improve the health, nutrition, education, and general welfare of children. It was established in 1946 to provide relief to children in countries devastated by World War II. It is headquartered in New York City, United States. It was formerly known as United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award: It is named after actor-philanthropist Danny Kaye. He was an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, musician, and philanthropist. He was UNICEF’s first Goodwill Ambassador in 1954.

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UNSDG Influential People in Healthcare Award: Acharya Balkrishna

The ‘UNSDG 10 Most Influential People in Healthcare Award’ was received by Acharya Balkrishna, Managing Director (MD,) of Patanjali Ayurved Limited on behalf of India’s Patanjali Group of Institutions in Geneva, Switzerland.

About Acharya Balkrishna

  • He is a close aide of Baba Ramdev, renowned Yoga guru.
  • He was invited to represent India at UNSDG. He was awarded by UNSDG in relation to global health scenario and how these prevalent lifestyle diseases can be treated with Ayurveda, Yoga and other traditional Indian methods and Patanjali’s contribution towards achieving this.
  • He dedicated award received to all those who worked hard mainstream Yoga and Ayurveda at global level.
  • He was among the five keynote speakers of UNSDG (United Nations Sustainable Development Goals) organization. Others include Randy Oostra (UNICEF executive director) Henrietta H Fore (WHO director-general) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Abe Lee.

About Patanjali Ayurved

  • It is an Indian consumer goods company which produces wide range Ayurvedic medicinal and personal care products, among other consumer items.
  • Renowned yoga guru Baba Ramdev co-founded the company along with Acharya Balkshrina.

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