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Position statements

UNICEF is the world's leading children's organization.  Over the last six decades, UNICEF has cultivated policy positions on a wide range of issues that affect children. These pages are updated to reflect emerging subjects of general interest or which are currently in the news.  Visit these pages regularly to see new additions to the list.


Position Papers
Ready-to-use therapeutic food for children with severe acute malnutrition
Arsenic contamination in groundwater
The rights to safe water and to sanitation
Investment priorities for sanitation in rural areas
Eliminating discrimination against children and parents based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity
Gender Action Plan 2014-2017

Current Positions

Stepping up global efforts to advance the rights of every child
A joint statement by UNICEF and partners marking the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Statement of the UNICEF Executive Board on the Ebola outbreak
The Executive Board of UNICEF, at its second regular session of 2014, expresses its deep concern at the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

UNICEF's position on anti-homosexuality laws
Today 78 countries around the world have laws that subject their citizens to severe criminal penalties for homosexuality.  Such laws not only undermine human rights – they can also fuel discrimination, stigma, and even violence against people on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation and gender identities.

UNICEF Partnerships
Partnerships are critical to achieving results for children. In view of recent public discussion about UNICEF's engagement with partners and donors...

UNICEF and global partners define an orphan as a child who has lost one or both parents. By this definition there were over 132 million orphans in...

Intercountry adoption
Since the 1960s, there has been an increase in the number of inter-country adoptions. Concurrent with this trend, there have been growing...

UNICEF in conflict
UNICEF’s activities in the field are based on need, not politics. UNICEF does not take sides in political conflicts. UNICEF works to draw the world’s attention to the devastating affects of violence...




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