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At a glance: Italy

UNICEF in Italy

© UNICEF Italy/Andrea Ruggeri
Francesco Totti, one of Italy’s greatest football players, with children in a school playground after a press conference.

The Italian Committee for UNICEF was founded in 1974. Its mandate is to advocate for children’s rights and raise funds to support UNICEF programmes in developing countries.

UNICEF has a strong presence in Italy, with more than 100 Subcommittees managed by volunteers and a professional staff based in Rome. Advocacy for children’s rights and fundraising is an integral part of the Italian Committee’s awareness-raising campaigns, which involve a wide number of stakeholders: citizens, schools and universities, mayors and local authorities, hospitals, companies, NGO partners, Goodwill Ambassadors, the media and the government.

There are many ways to support UNICEF in Italy. Individuals may make a donation, join the “Amici dell’UNICEF” with a monthly contribution, buy UNICEF greeting cards and products, adopt a “Pigotta” (the popular doll whose price helps UNICEF vaccinate a child) and leave a legacy for children.

Companies can undertake a co-marketing with UNICEF or join the “Natale per le Aziende”, buying UNICEF greeting cards instead of Christmas gadgets.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering for UNICEF in Italy can get in touch with the nearest local Subcommittee. Young and adult volunteers are an outstanding resource for our advocacy campaigns and can spread the UNICEF message widely among peers, colleagues and in their workplace.

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Basic Indicators

Under-5 mortality rank


Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR), 1990


Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR), 2012


U5MR by sex 2012, male


U5MR by sex 2012, female


Infant mortality rate (under 1), 1990


Infant mortality rate (under 1), 2012


Neonatal mortality rate 2012


Total population (thousands) 2012


Annual no. of births (thousands) 2012


Annual no. of under-5 deaths (thousands) 2012


GNI per capita (US$) 2012


Life expectancy at birth (years) 2012


Total adult literacy rate (%) 2008-2012*


Primary school net enrolment ratio (%) 2008-2011*


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Source: The State of the World's Children

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