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UNICEF Publications

About UNICEF publications

UNICEF publications play a critical role in fulfilling the organization’s mandate to advocate for the rights of children. They provide vehicles for UNICEF to engage in policy discourse and influence decision-making, profile efforts by UNICEF and its partners on behalf of children, and showcase UNICEF’s knowledge leadership and expertise.

UNICEF’s annual flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children, covers the most important issues affecting children in the world today. This research-based advocacy report also presents the latest available statistics on child survival, development and protection for the world’s countries, territories and regions; these are presented in statistical tables, a standard feature of the publication. The report was first published as The Situation of Children in the Developing World in 1979, the International Year of the Child. The publication took its current title, The State of the World’s Children, the following year.

The UNICEF Annual Report spotlights significant results achieved by UNICEF and its partners each year on behalf of children around the world.

Many UNICEF publications are produced in collaboration with other United Nations agencies and international development partners.  Several additional publications are produced by UNICEF divisions and offices , showcasing technical expertise and the latest knowledge in areas of programme, practice and policy.

See the publications home page for the most recent documents.

Social and economic policy publications

The critical impact on children of social and economic policy issues is the subject of a number of UNICEF publications that can be found at www.unicef.org/socialpolicy. The webpage also contains links to additional documents and information from UNICEF regional offices.


This website contains UNICEF’s statistical information, including data used in The State of the World’s Children, Progress for Children and Committing to Child Survival: A Promise Renewed – Progress report. Technical resources for conducting UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), a major source of global development data, are also found here.

The UNICEF Office of Research, Innocenti Research Centre

The Innocenti Research Centre undertakes original research to improve understanding of issues relating to children’s rights and to support advocacy. Its reports and papers are available at www.unicef-irc.org.



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