UNICEF - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Priyanka Chopra has been made the goodwill ambassador of which UN body?

c. WHO
d. FAO
Answer  Explanation 


Actor Priyanka Chopra has been appointed as United Nations Children’s Fund’s latest Global Goodwill Ambassador.

Decision was announced by well known soccer player David Beckham and British actress Millie Bobby Brown on 12th Dec.

The honour was conferred on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the UN body in NY.

Other UNICEF goodwill ambassadors include Orlando Bloom, Jackie Chan, Ishmael Beah, Kodjo and Femi Kuti.

The actor thanked UNICEF for the experience she had gained and pledged to be a driver of change.

Priyanka is also UNICEF’s National Ambassador since 2010 with the responsibility of working on child rights and adolescence.

She has also been associated with other causes such as women’s rights, health, environment, education, gender equality and gender parity.

She made her debut on American TV show Quantico recently.

She has also made her Hollywood debut in Baywatch starring Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.


  • Founded: 11th Dec, 1946.
  • Headquarters: New York City
  • President: Sven Jürgenson
  • Executive Director: Anthony Lake
  • Parent organisation: United Nations Economic and Social Council
  • Affiliations: United Nations
  • Founder: Ludwik Rajchman
  • First Chairman: Ludwik Rajchman

2)   Which political leader honoured singer Katy Perry with a UNICEF award in Nov 2016?

a. Hillary Clinton
b. Bill Clinton
c. Sarah Palin
d. Donald Trump
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hillary Clinton

Democrat leader Hillary Clinton honoured singer Katy Perry with the Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award at the UNICEF Gala.

Clinton made an appearance at the UNICEF Annual Snowflake Ball to give the award to Perry.

Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (Katy Perry) was born in Oct 1984. She is an American singer and songwriter.

After singing in church during her childhood, she first pursued a career in gospel music. Perry signed with Red Hill Records and released her debut studio lamb Katy Hudson under her birth name in 2001.

She has since then carved a successful career for herself in music since then.

UNICEF - United National Children’s Fund

  • Created by UNGA
  • This is a UN program.
  • Date of creation: 11th December 1946
  • Headquarters: New York City
  • Objective: Humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing nations.
  • CEO: Anthony Lake
  • President: Sven Jürgenson
  • Founders: Herbert Hoover, Maurice Pate

3)   UNICEF found in an analysis of global data that 50 million children were forcibly displaced by war, violence or persecution. What number of these were displaced by violence and conflict?

a. 27 million
b. 28 million
c. 30 million
d. 31 million
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 28 million

According to UNICEF, close to 50 million children throughout the world are uprooted or forcibly displaced from home countries by violence, war and persecution.

  • Analysis of global data revealed that 28 million of these children were displaced by violence and conflict including 10 million child refugees
  • There were also one million asylum seekers whose refugee status is pending and close to 17 million children displaced within their own countries lacking access to humanitarian aid and critical services
  • Close to 20 million other children have left their homes for various reasons including gang violence or extreme poverty
  • Many are at risk of abuse or detention because they lack legal status and their well being cannot be systematically tracked
  • Children are increasingly crossing borders on their own; close to 100000 minors applied for asylum in 78 countries in 2015 tripling the numbers from the year before
  • UNICEF pointed to children accounting for disproportionate and growing proportion of people seeking refuge outside their birth countries
  • Children constitute a third of the world’s population but half of all refugees
  • In 2015, close to 45 percent of the child refugees under the UN refugee agency’s care came from Syria and Afghanistan

4)   UNICEF released the State of the World’s Children 2016 report which mentions that how many children die before reaching their fifth birthday?

a. 60 million
b. 65 million
c. 70 million
d. 75 million
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 70 million

United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund on 28th June 2016 released the State of the World’s Children 2016 report.

  • Data has shown unless pace of progress rises, future of disadvantaged and vulnerable children is at stake
  • Close to 70 million children die before reaching age 5
  • Children in sub-saharan Africa are 10 times more likely to do so than high income nations.
  • Close to 750 million women have been married as children
  • 9 of 10 children living in extreme poverty are in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The report also indicated that some positive indications arena place.
  • Global under-give mortality rates have been more than halved since 1990

5)   First ever world humanitarian summit was held in 23-24 May in which city?

a. Istanbul
b. Peshawar
c. Rawalpindi
d. Lahore
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Istanbul

The first World Humanitarian Summit was held in Istanbul from 23rd to 24th May since WW2.
The summit was inaugurated by UN Secretary General ban Ki-moon and hosted by Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan

  • This summit was held and attended by world leaders of the UN member nations with the aim of ending conflict, respecting rule of war, addressing displacement and attaining gender equality.
  • UNICEF also launched a new “Education Cannot Wait” fund at the summit

6)   Which country has been elected as member of UNICEF executive board?

a. Sri Lanka
b. Pakistan
c. Bangladesh
d. Nepal
Answer  Explanation 


Nepal has been elected member of the UN Children’s Fund executive board representing the group of Asia Pacific states for 2016-2018. Nepal’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Durga Prasad Bhattarai has been elected as vice president to the Bureau of the Executive Board of UNICEF in 2016.

7)   How many of the world’s 2.3 billion children live in areas massively exposed to climate change according to UNICEF?

a. 650 million
b. 690 million
c. 710 million
d. 810 million
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 690 million

Around 690 million of the 2.3 billion children in the world are living in areas affected by climate change, according a UNICEF report entitled “Unless We Act Now.” Close to 530 million children live in countries hardest hit by tropical storms as well as high floods. Around 160 million kids are growing in regions affected by severe drought, mostly in Africa.