About UNICEF

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families.

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UNICEF believes

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

UNICEF's mission

The world has changed, but children’s needs have not. See how UNICEF’s commitment to children remains as strong as ever despite the complexities of our world.

UNICEF results

UNICEF works day-in day-out in the world’s toughest places to reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Delivering results for children and young people is our driving force.

The State of the World’s Children report

Around the world, millions of children are trapped in cycles of poverty and violence. Read our report on the State of the World’s Children, and understand the challenges facing the world's poor and isolated children.

UNICEF Annual Report

Our Annual Report highlights the results we are achieving for children around the world and reports on our financial stewardship.

Who we are

For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of children and their families.

Despite remarkable challenges around the world, UNICEF staffers fight for the rights of every child seeking safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality.

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Digana, 6, is happy to be back in class at Teabat al Reah School in the Zumar sub-district of Ninewa Governorate, Iraq.

UNICEF's senior leadership are international experts in their fields. Learn more.

UNICEF has had seven Executive Directors since its founding. Read about their work.

Careers with UNICEF help change the world. View our job listings.

How we work

UNICEF works with the United Nations and its agencies to make sure that children are on the global agenda. UNICEF strikes a balance between thorough research and practical solutions for children.

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UNICEF Executive Board

UNICEF’s Executive Board is the governing body of UNICEF.

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Partnerships

Partnerships across every sector make all of UNICEF's work for children and young people possible.

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Our UN mandate

UNICEF’s mandate is part of the larger mission of the United Nations. 

FAQs

    

Get answers to some of frequently asked questions about UNICEF.