About us

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential

UNICEF Myanmar/2016/Kyaw Kyaw Winn

Our mission

UNICEF was created in 1946 to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. It has global authority to influence decision-makers, and a wide variety of partners at grassroots level to turn innovative ideas into reality.

UNICEF’s mandate is anchored in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its work is concerned with the fulfilment of the rights of every child, everywhere, and at all times—regardless of ethnicity, race, citizenship status of their parents, socio-economic status or ability.

Who we are

UNICEF helps build a world where the rights of every child will be fully realized. It is our conviction that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress.

UNICEF’s work to promote the rights and wellbeing of children in Myanmar began in 1950, shortly after the country achieved independence, with support to protect children against smallpox, leprosy and yaws (a chronic infectious disease). 

Since then, despite challenges, UNICEF has worked to achieve better outcomes for children across a wide range of sectors. Today, we support the Government as it works to revitalize and increase national systems benefiting children and communities, especially in health and nutrition, education, protection, early childhood development, water supply and sanitation. UNICEF also provides vital support to children and vulnerable communities during emergency situations.

As one of the longest-serving members of the international community in Myanmar, UNICEF has a unique role to play during a period of continuing national reforms.

UNICEF places strong emphasis on building national capacity to deliver services and create policies and systems that benefit all children and their communities, especially the most marginalized. 

Partnership is at the heart of all our work in Myanmar, and we work closely with non-government organizations, UN organizations, civil society, faith-based organizations, non-state actors and community-based organizations so that children, adolescents and women can access the services they need and fulfill their right to survival, development, protection and participation.