UNICEF has been working in Bangladesh since 1952. Bangladesh, a country in South Asia, hosts a population of 160 million: 40 percent of which are children.
UNICEF, the UN agency focused on children, provides support to youth facing challenges in this developing, but densely-populated nation.
We reach out to communities in all 64 districts, through our field offices covering eight administrative divisions of Bangladesh.
Our programme for Bangladesh follows a life-cycle approach that addresses children’s needs as they pass from infancy to adolescence.
The method relies on separate arms that unite for action, and they are: Education, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Community for Development, Communication, Advocacy and Partnerships and Emergency response.
UNICEF plans align with the Government of Bangladesh, our biggest partner, as it advances the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Our success in attaining equitable results for children relies heavily on collaborations with partners, donors, civil society organisations and local people.
UNICEF’s mission is rooted in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a historic treaty that defines children as human beings, different from adults.
The rights of children came to be recognised as distinct and universal, after the Convention was passed by the UN General Assembly in 1989.
Bangladesh signed and ratified the Convention in 1990. In 1996, the Basic Cooperation Agreement was signed between Bangladesh and UNICEF, setting the framework for working with the government.
UNICEF is mandated to protect every child under the treaty, irrespective of race, gender or ability – a global role carried out by international and local staff in 190 countries.
UNICEF is witness to many historic events in Bangladesh, serving the country more than 60 years.
It provided emergency relief to thousands of war refugees in 1971 and children caught up in several of the world’s worst cyclones.
In 1971, The Concert for Bangladesh performed in New York City with UNICEF created ripples big enough to change the world.
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