What we do

UNICEF is the leading voice in promoting and protecting children’s rights in Pakistan

Muharra attends her class in UNICEF supported school in Jalozai camp, KPK
UNICEF/PAKISTAN/Asad Zaidi

Our focus in Pakistan

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves. 

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunised, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation, and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

Ensuring a safe and clean community with adequate water and sanitation for every child

Giving every child the access to quality education and learning in a safe environment

Meeting the nutritional requirements of children to ensure they develop to their full potential

Protecting every child in Pakistan from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation

Giving every child a healthy start and basic healthcare along the way for a fulfilling life

Eradicating polio from Pakistan by reaching every child with the needed vaccine