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UNICEF History

Other books

Historical overviews

The following publications provide an overview of UNICEF's history (PDF format): UNICEF at 40 (covering 1946-1986) and 1946-2006 - Sixty Years for Children (the latter is also available in print).

For histories of UNICEF and children's issues, see also 'The Children and the Nations' and 'Children First'.

Progress of Nations

The 'Progress of Nations' report ranked nations according to their achievements in developmental goals for children.

Progress of Nations 1995: web
Progress of Nations 1996: web
Progress of Nations 1997: web | PDF
Progress of Nations 1998: web | PDF
Progress of Nations 1999: web | PDF
Progress of Nations 2000: web | PDF

UNICEF for Beginners

UNICEF For Beginners
(Christian Clark, 1996)

Released around the time of UNICEF's 50th Anniversary, 'UNICEF for Beginners' told the story of the organization's evolution—from provider of milk for the hungry children of postwar Europe to champion of children's rights in countries around the world. (Note: the 'For Beginners' trademark is owned by For Beginners, LLC and is used here by permission.)

Jim Grant: UNICEF Visionary

Jim Grant: UNICEF Visionary
(UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, 2001)

James Grant was UNICEF’s Executive Director from 1980 to 1995. The following is from the introduction to this book: '...At the time of his death it was estimated that, because of his influence, at least 25 million children were alive who would otherwise have died in early life. This book gives glimpses of his leadership and achievements during his period as Executive Director of UNICEF. Each piece is written by one of his close colleagues – one of those who was privileged to share in the heady excitement of the efforts and victories for children during those intense years.'

Other books

The following books are available in PDF format.

Challenges for Children and Women in the 1990s

In October 1990, UNICEF's Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office brought together a number of specialists to analyse child survival, protection and development data with a view to identifying new trends and issues emerging in the region.


Child Neglect in Rich Nations
(Sylvia Ann Hewlett, UNICEF, 1993)

Child neglect in rich nations describes how and why some of the wealthiest nations on earth have short-changed children. Poverty and abandonment are now commonplace experiences for children in the rich. Much of this book focuses on what to do: the techniques and strategies exist.


Helping Children Cope with the Stresses of War
A Manual for Parents and Teachers
(Mona Macksoud, UNICEF, 1993)

Based on methods and approaches that have been tested extensively in war-torn Lebanon, this manual will be welcomed by parents and teachers helping children cope with the stresses of war and other forms of systematic violence.


A History of UNICEF in Viet Nam
UNICEF Viet Nam Country Office

This book tells the history of UNICEF in Viet Nam from 1948 to 2005, through the testimonies of several generations of UNICEF professionals. The political neutrality of UNICEF and its aim to put children at the heart of social development built up trust, credibility and a very special relationship with the people of Vietnam.


Implementing the 20/20 Initiative
(A joint publication of UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank, 1997)

The 20/20 Initiative is a compact between developing and industrialized countries, calling for the allocation of, on average, 20 per cent of the budget in developing countries and 20 per cent of official development assistance (ODA) to basic social services.


Also of interest

Water: A Matter of Life and Health (PDF summary)
Maggie Black with Rupert Talbot
From the summary: "This book examines critically what has been done and needs to be done to fulfill the promise of ‘drinking water and sanitation for all’. The central theme is Unicef’s 35-year programme of support to rural water supplies in India—the largest and longest in the organization’s history."


Please note: Historical works are made available as a service to researchers and other interested persons. All rights to publications are retained by their copyright holders.



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