About UNICEF

  • UNICEF was founded in 1946 as part of the United Nations.
  • We are active in 157 countries, areas and territories (2005).
  • UNICEF staff fill nearly 8,200 positions of which more than 85 per cent are in the field.
  • Our advocacy and fund-raising are supported by 37 National Committees for UNICEF.
  • All our funds come from voluntary contributions, 50 per cent from governments.
  • Our top three government donors (2005) are the United States, Norway and Japan.
  • Our top three donor countries per capita are Norway, Luxembourg and Sweden.
  • UNICEF won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965, and again in 2001, when the organization shared in the Prize awarded to the United Nations and UN Secretary-General Kofi A. Annan.