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. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.

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.

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UNICEF’s 70th anniversary

Explore UNICEF’s 70 years in the field, through articles and historical timelines that give context to the work we do for every child, every day.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Digana, 6 (second from left), is happy to be back in class at Teabat al Reah School in Iraq.

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Digana, 6 (second from left), is happy to be back in class at Teabat al Reah School in Iraq.

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.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Fatoumata Ndiaye reviews information during the 2016 UNICEF Executive Board at UNHQ.

UNICEF Executive Board

UNICEF’s Executive Board helps make certain that the best path is followed, as efficiently as possible

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7-month old Sabaa sits next to a box of emergency supplies distributed by partners UNICEF and WFP in Kalar District, Iraq.


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

Meet our partners
Getrude Clement, 6, a radio reporter from Tanzania and UNICEF climate advocate, speaks at the opening of the signing ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

Our UN mandate

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

How we work with the UN


Get answers to some of frequently asked questions about UNICEF.