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

We’re working day-in day-out, in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the children who are most at risk and most in need. Delivering results for every child is UNICEF’s 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 see the challenges facing the world's poor and isolated children.

UNICEF annual report

Our annual report outlines our efforts to realize the rights of every child and break the cycle of poverty and inequity around the world. Read the full report to see what UNICEF is doing to protect children.

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.

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

UNICEF works with leading International Experts to spur effective efforts for children

UNICEF’s Executive Directors lead the fight for children’s rights. Read about their lives.

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

How we work

UNICEF works with the United Nations other United Nations 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 helps make certain that the best path is followed, as efficiently as possible

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Explore some of the organizations and committees that UNICEF partners with on behalf of the world’s children.

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Our UN mandate

UNICEF’s mandate is part of the larger mission of the United Nations. See how our organizations work together.



Get answers to some of frequently asked questions about UNICEF.