All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.
UNICEF works day-in day-out in the world’s toughest places to reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Delivering results for children and young people is our driving force.
Who we are
For 70 years, UNICEF has worked to improve the lives of children and their families.
Despite remarkable challenges around the world, UNICEF staffers fight for the rights of every child seeking safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflicts, and equality.
UNICEF's senior leadership are international experts in their fields. UNICEF has had seven Executive Directors since its founding. Careers with UNICEF help change the world. View our job listings.
How we work
UNICEF works with the United Nations and its agencies to make sure that children are on the global agenda. UNICEF strikes a balance between thorough research and practical solutions for children.
UNICEF’s Executive Board is the governing body of UNICEF.
Partnerships across every sector make all of UNICEF's work for children and young people possible.
UNICEF’s mandate is part of the larger mission of the United Nations.