Who we are

UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.


  • From distributing lifesaving aid to children in the aftermath of World War II to fighting Ebola, UNICEF has been working for children for almost 70 years.

    Our history

  • See how UNICEF works to promote the rights and improve the lives of every child, in every situation.

    How we do it

  • How does UNICEF work to improve the lives of every child? With our partners. See who they are.

    Who we work with

  • In 2013, UNICEF distributed $2.3 billion in supplies, with vaccines topping the list.

    Read the annual report

  • Do you want to change the world for children? Join us.

    Work with us

UNICEF believes:

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential - to the benefit of a better world.

That means equal access to services and care that can make all the difference in children’s lives. It means working to achieve gender fairness and equality. Read about UNICEF’s gender action plan.

It means working with children and adolescents and amplifying their concerns. Visit Voices of Youth.

And it means understanding the global situation facing children everywhere. Read the 2016 State of the World’s Children report.

Working together

Every child counts

UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse the life cycle: pre-natal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation, health care and education.

UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rights—especially the most disadvantaged.

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