UNICEF: 70 years for every child
Discover a retrospective of UNICEF’s work on behalf of every child, every day, since our founding in 1946.
For over 70 years, UNICEF has been the defender of children around the world, regardless of gender, religion, race or economic background. When the world’s most vulnerable need a champion in the face of conflict, disease or exclusion, UNICEF has been there.
Get to know UNICEF through our work on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable.
Our history in fact and photo
Explore the timelines below to learn about our 70 years of work on behalf of children. These retrospectives give context to our initiatives, and show how UNICEF’s mission evolved with the needs of children around the world.
Learning from experience: 1946–1979
Explore how UNICEF has been the agency for children since its inception
Learning from experience: 1980–1988
Discover the importance of data and research in UNICEF’s efforts for child survival and development
Learning from experience: 1989–2005
Find out how UNICEF brought nations together under the banner of children’s rights
As 2016 comes to a close, and we celebrate UNICEF’s many years in the field, we’re still experiencing one of the world’s worst refugee crises since World War II.
It was the depth of that refugee crisis, 70 years ago, that brought UNICEF into existence. This crisis is a stark reminder that while much progress has been made, the need for UNICEF’s work is as great as ever.
See photo essay “UNICEF@70: Then and Now”
Our priorities for children
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Learn about UNICEF, our partners and the people who join with us to fight for the rights of every child.