UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations
General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help
meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full
UNICEF is guided by the Convention on the
Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring
ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.
UNICEF insists that the survival,
protection and development of children are universal development imperatives
that are integral to human progress.
UNICEF mobilizes political will and
material resources to help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure
a "first call for children" and to build their capacity to form
appropriate policies and deliver services for children and their families.
UNICEF is committed to ensuring special
protection for the most disadvantaged children - victims of war, disasters,
extreme poverty, all forms of violence and exploitation and those with
UNICEF responds in emergencies to protect
the rights of children. In coordination with United Nations partners and
humanitarian agencies, UNICEF makes its unique facilities for rapid response
available to its partners to relieve the suffering of children and those who
provide their care.
UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation
is free of discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged
children and the countries in greatest need have priority.
UNICEF aims, through its country
programmes, to promote the equal rights of women and girls and to support their
full participation in the political, social, and economic development of their
UNICEF works with all its partners towards
the attainment of the sustainable human development goals adopted by the world
community and the realization of the vision of peace and social progress
enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.