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What does the acronym UNICEF stand for?

UNICEF, today, stands for the “United Nations Children’s Fund”.

When UNICEF was first established by the United Nations on 11 December 1946, it was called the “United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund” to reflect its emergency-relief efforts to meet the needs of children in post-war Europe and China. In 1950, its mandate was broadened to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations system in 1953, when its name was shortened to the United Nations Children's Fund. However, UNICEF retained its original acronym.

What is UNICEF?

UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realised. It has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes UNICEF unique among world organisations, and unique among those working with the young.

For more information, go to:

  • UNICEF's beliefs

  • UNICEF's mission in Malaysia

  • UNICEF's team Malaysia

Where does UNICEF operate and where is it based?

UNICEF's work is carried out in 190 countries through country programs and National Committees. There are eight regional offices as well as a research centre in Florence, a supply operation in Copenhagen and offices in Tokyo and Brussels. The UNICEF headquarters is based in New York.

UNICEF Malaysia is part of the East Asia and Pacific Regional Office, based in Bangkok.

What does UNICEF do?

UNICEF’s global focus rests on four crucial areas in order to ensure the health, education, equality, and protection of all children.

For detailed information on UNICEF’s priorities, supporting activities and how we work, go to:

  • Malaysia – Programs

  • Global – What we do






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