Imagine a world where
all children have a chance
to fulfil their potential,

where every child has
a decent place to sleep,
enough food, a classroom
and the health to learn,
grow and thrive.

Imagine a world in which the rights
of every child are realized.


The world – and the world’s children –
faced many challenges in 2013,

but there were milestones to recognize, too:

The number of preventable deaths among children under
5 was cut nearly in half between 1990 and 2013;

89% of the global population used an improved drinking
water source and 64% used an improved sanitation facility;

123 countries now penalize all forms of sexual violence against children.

In 2013, UNICEF worked to build on the progress that has been made
for children – driving change for the most vulnerable, disadvantaged
and excluded – and to increase progress well into the future.

Children play with toys in Bangladesh


Our donors also imagine a
better world for all children

In 2013, they entrusted UNICEF with our highest revenue
ever – and with that revenue comes greater responsibility
to meet children’s basic needs, expand their opportunities
and advocate on their behalf.

We can and must improve
children’s lives and help them
fulfil their potential...

imagine the
world they’ll
create if we do.



Imagine a world…

where Syrian children are not
enduring the suffering and trauma of another year of unrelenting conflict

In 2013, UNICEF helped provide water, sanitation,
health care, education and child protection to Syrian
children and families trapped on the front lines
of the conflict or forced to flee their homes.

Syrian crisis

Syrian chidren play in a refugee camp in Iraq


“Millions of children inside Syria
and across the region are witnessing
their past and their futures disappear
amid the rubble and destruction of
this prolonged conflict.

We must rescue
them from the brink,

for their sake and for the sake of
Syria in future generations.”

–Anthony Lake,
UNICEF Executive Director


Imagine a world…

where polio is eradicated

In 2013, UNICEF quickly responded to polio outbreaks.
We increased polio eradication in the three countries
where it continues to be endemic – Afghanistan, Nigeria
and Pakistan – and supported the vaccination of
2.2 million children in the Syrian Arab Republic.

New polio outbreaks are a wake-up call to the world that
polio anywhere is a threat to children everywhere,
especially those in vulnerable communities. In 2013,
UNICEF laid the ground for the largest-ever
immunization campaign in the Middle East.

India, which used to account for over half of new cases
of polio and was deemed the most difficult place to
eradicate the virus, has not recorded a new case of
polio since January 2011.

Imagine a world…

where all children’s
abilities are recognized
and appreciated

In 2013, UNICEF continued to promote the rights
and well-being of millions of children living with
disabilities, who are among the most likely to be
excluded from school and other opportunities.

UNICEF’s flagship report

The State of the World’s Children 2013

focused on the stories of children with disabilities –
presenting current research and advocating for
support, the end of stigma and broad-based
inclusion of this marginalized group.



Imagine a world…

where innovation for equity helps

improve the lives
of the most
disadvantaged children

In 2013, UNICEF’s innovation labs brought new
ideas, technologies and thinkers together. Globally,
14 labs created sustainable solutions to pressing
challenges facing children.

Children sit around tables at a primary school in Sierra Leone, Africa


Imagine a world…

where no child is
abused or exploited

Childhood should be safe, but for thousands of
children violence is a very real threat. Every day,
children are abused, hurt and exploited – even
in places where they should be protected.

In 2013, UNICEF launched a massive global
campaign to end violence against children in their
homes, their schools and their communities.

The #ENDviolence Against Children movement
asks everyone to speak out and take action to
“make the invisible visible”.



Imagine a world…

where families aren’t torn
apart by conflict or disaster
and where all children can
be reunited with their families
if they do become separated

In 2013, UNICEF’s Rapid Family Tracing and
tool used mobile phones to collect, sort
and share information about unaccompanied and separated
children so that they could be identified and put in touch
with their loved ones. The app helped to reunite Congolese
children in Uganda with their families quickly and accurately
and trace children in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan.

UNICEF Innovation

A mobile phone being used to trace and reunite children with their families in Uganda, Africa
A child raises a hand at a primary school in Ethiopia, Africa

Imagine a world…

where education is not only a right, but also a priority

In 2013, millions of children were out of school.
130 million children were in school but not
achieving minimum learning levels.

11 October: UNICEF celebrated the International Day
of the Girl Child, highlighting innovation’s power to increase
the number of girls in school and improve learning for all.

UNICEF, as lead agency and host of the United Nations
Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI), fought for global girls’
education. UNGEI released a report on learning,
post-primary education and reducing school-related and
gender-based violence for the most marginalized.

Day of the girl child



“When we educate a girl today,
we help her earn tomorrow

and increase the odds that her own children will be
healthy, well-nourished and educated leaders
of economic growth in the following generation.”

– Anthony Lake,
UNICEF Executive Director

Two children on a dirt floor in Tanzania, Africa.


Imagine a world…

where all children have
the same chance to
grow and thrive

On average, a child born in sub-Saharan Africa
is 14 times more likely to die before turning 5
than a child born in the United States of America.

In 2013, 59% of programme expenditure
was directed to sub-Saharan Africa,

the region with the highest
percentage of people living in poverty.


Imagine a world…

where every child
counts – and is counted

In Belize, the Make Your Child Count campaign encourages
the registration of every child. In 2012–2013, birth
registration services had reached children and families
across the country. Birth registration is a fundamental
right and is also key to fulfilling all of the rights
in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

In 2013, UNICEF co-led a workshop in Peru
at which more than 60 members of parliament from 17
countries in the region vowed to make birth registration
universal, timely and free in their respective countries.

Every child’s birth right

Imagine a world…

where girls live free
from gender violence

and harmful traditional practices

Much progress has been made in the movement to stop
female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); the harmful
practice is becoming less prevalent, with a less vulnerable
younger generation. But millions of girls are still at risk.

In 2013, UNICEF launched a report on FGM/C,
a comprehensive compilation of data and analysis.
Changing misconceptions, strengthening legislation,
empowering girls and changing attitudes and expectations
around FGM/C are potent tools to end the custom.

Child protection