Current issues

Read about UNICEF’s position on current issues affecting children

The information below addresses issues affecting children, which are of contemporary public interest. 

Prevention and response to sexual exploitation and abuse and harrasment
UNICEF is committed to preventing and responding to sexual exploitation and abuse. Child safeguarding, including preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, is an issue at the core of our programmes for children and at the top of UNICEF’s agenda...

Ending violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people
United Nations entities call on States to act urgently to end violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) adults, adolescents and children...


Other issues

These papers are intended to address a wide range of issues affecting children, which are of contemporary public interest. The papers are neither intended to be instructions for programming nor formal strategy documents. UNICEF Country Programmes of Cooperation are developed in consultation and in accordance with each government’s development priorities.

UNICEF and global partners define an orphan as a child who has lost one or both parents. By this definition, there were nearly 140 million orphans globally in 2015, including 61 million in Asia, 52 million in Africa, 10 million in Latin America and the Caribbean, and 7.3 million in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Intercountry adoption
Since the 1960s, there has been an increase in the number of inter-country adoptions. Concurrent with this trend, there have been growing...

Ready-to-use therapeutic food for children with severe acute malnutrition

Arsenic contamination in groundwater

The rights to safe water and to sanitation

Investment priorities for sanitation in rural area

Eliminating discrimination against children and parents based on sexual orientation and/or gender identity

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Executive Director

Learn more about Henrietta H. Fore, who became UNICEF's 7th Executive Director on January 1, 2018.