The United Nations agency forecasts that a total of 999 children will be born across the country, including 50 in Montreal.
The MUHC announced its first birth of 2019 earlier Tuesday, with the arrival of Mariella Lachaine.
UNICEF is welcoming the children of 2019 from around the world, country by country, on its Twitter feed.
Let us all welcome beautiful baby boy Rayan Saleh into this world.He was born at 3 kg at 9:00 a.m. today in a hospital in Kabul. Both newborn & mother are healthy.“I pray that my son grows into a healthy & educated man,”says his mom Lamah w/ pride.#EveryChildALIVE #HappyNewYear pic.twitter.com/YLuAefIf7W
— UNICEF Afghanistan (@UNICEFAfg) January 1, 2019
Fiji welcomes one of the world’s first babies of 2019!
This baby girl was born in Suva, Fiji at 12.00am on 1 January 2019. Both mother and daughter are doing well!
— UNICEF (@UNICEF) January 1, 2019
Then, throughout the year, 350,000 young Canadians should enter the world. Many of them will bear names like Logan, Noah, William, Olivia, Emma or Charlotte.
Liam, Jacob, Charlie and Leo will also be among the most popular first names, UNICEF says.
Some of these children will likely grow up to witness the 22nd century, because this new generation will live on average between 80 and 85 years.
As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF is calling for more funding to reduce newborn mortality.
“For this new year, let us resolve to meet the rights of every child, starting with the right to survive,” Rowena Pinto, UNICEF Canada’s chief of programs, said in a statement on Tuesday.
Estimates of the number of births are based on a UN report on global population trends in 2017.