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In 2009 in Mali, a woman hugs her baby as they wait to receive vaccinations at a health centre in Bandiagara, Mopti Region.

UNICEF works to realize the rights of every child. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and cooperate with local and national partners to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  This reach makes us unique among those working with the young.

Nurturing and caring for children is at the heart of human progress.  UNICEF was created to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.  We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.

We advocate to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.

We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because girls who are educated become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children.

We strive to ensure that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished.

We work to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people. We help children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS to live their lives with dignity.

We create protective environments for children. We relieve suffering during emergencies, and wherever children are threatened.

UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  We assure equality for those who are discriminated against, particularly girls and women. We are striving to achieve the Millennium Development Goals with equity for all, especially the most disadvantaged.