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UNICEF History

Books and publications

The Children and the Nations
A history of UNICEF, published in 1986.

Children First
A complementary work to 'The Children and the Nations', examining children's issues and UNICEF, published in 1996.

State of the World's Children (1980-1995)
Every year, UNICEF publishes The State of the World's Children, the most comprehensive and authoritative report on the world's youngest citizens, combining analyses, human interest stories, country profiles, maps and statistical data (available here from 1980-1995).

Annual Reports (1972-1999)
UNICEF's Annual Reports provide a summary of UNICEF’s work, finances and the most pressing issues faced during the year.

The annual 'Progress of Nations' report ranked nations according to achievements in developmental goals for children. A number of other historical books are available as PDFs.

The historical monograph series provides researchers with an overview of UNICEF's landmark achievements from the organization's first four decades.

Note: These historical works are made available as a service to researchers and other interested persons. All rights to publications are retained by their copyright holders. These works have been scanned from archival copies; some may contain incidental markings.



Other relevant publications

In 2006 UNICEF published a historical overview entitled 1946-2006: Sixty Years for Children.

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