About us

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) operates in 190 countries and territories. UNICEF has the mandate to save the lives of children, to defend their rights, and to promote the development of abilities and well-being of each child.

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Providing equal opportunities for children – one of the major tasks for UNICEF as in Kazakhstan, and around the world.

Our mission

Every child has the right to a happy childhood full of parental care, safety and sensitive consideration to his (her) health and development. UNICEF champions the rights of those children who, for various reasons, are deprived of the opportunity to grow and develop on a par with others.

UNICEF was founded in 1946 as the United Nations International Emergency Children's Fund to help children affected during the Second World War. It was assumed that the Fund would work temporarily, but the need for its work did not decrease, and less than 10 years after its creation, UNICEF mandate was expanded, and its name was changed to the UN Children's Fund.

By combining the efforts of partners around the world, UNICEF channels them to support the most vulnerable children and families in difficult life situations.

UNICEF in Kazakhstan

On February 16, 1994, an independent Kazakhstan signed one of the first international instruments - the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), in a ceremony at United Nations Headquarters on 16 February 1994 attended by UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali, UNICEF Executive Director James Grant and other dignitaries.

In February 1992, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) organized its first mission to a young independent country to assess the situation of children in Kazakhstan. The subsequent project to immunize all children against measles and polio was the first for UNICEF in Kazakhstan.

For more than 20 years of its activity in Kazakhstan, the UNICEF mandate has changed significantly: from the supply of vaccines, drugs and other material assistance, we have moved to strengthening the capacity of society and introducing advanced social technologies in the best interests of children and families.

UNICEF works closely with the Government, local governments and civil society to improve the situation of children in Kazakhstan.

Currently, the next five-year program of cooperation between the Government of Kazakhstan and UNICEF for 2016-2020 is being implemented, which is based on national priorities and strategies. The country's international commitments are also fully considered, including the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The establishment of the Children's Ombudsman in the Republic of Kazakhstan also opened up new opportunities for coordinating the activities of all organizations dealing with childhood issues.