UNICEF Middle East and North Africa
Welcome to the website of UNICEF’s Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa! Our office is one of seven Regional Offices working to advance the rights of children in more than 190 countries and territories worldwide.
A diverse region
The Middle East and North Africa region covers countries and territories from Morocco to the Islamic Republic of Iran, including Djibouti and Sudan in sub-Saharan Africa.
The region is home to nearly 418 million people, including 157 million, or 38 per cent, who are under the age of 18. Nearly 10,000 children are born across the region every year.
The region is marked by significant disparities – Saudi Arabia, one of the region’s richest countries, shares borders with Yemen, one of its poorest and most conflict-ridden. Disparities are also evident within countries: income, gender and geographical inequalities in MENA keep many children in a state of poverty and vulnerability.
Role of the Regional Office
The Regional Office is a hub for information, technical expertise, oversight and coordination for UNICEF Country Offices. It also supports these offices in their efforts to raise much-needed resources.
Specialist advisers based in Amman help develop programmes in health and nutrition, child protection, adolescent development, HIV and AIDS, education, water and sanitation, social policy and emergency preparedness.
They also provide technical oversight and support for financial management, communication, planning, and programme monitoring and evaluation.
This website provides information on what UNICEF does to advance the rights and well-being of children across the Middle East and North Africa. It also captures some of the highlights of the work being carried out by UNICEF’s Country Offices in the region.