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UNICEF Publications


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about UNICEF publications

Q: What are UNICEF publications?

A: 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.

Q: In which languages are UNICEF publications available?

A: The links on the webpage for the publication will display available language versions. Many of our publications are available in English, French and Spanish. UNICEF offices and National Committees also translate materials into local languages. For specific local language needs, visit the UNICEF country office website at https://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/index.html, or the UNICEF National Committees website at https://www.unicef.org/about/structure/index_natcoms.html.

Q: How can I find a UNICEF publication?

A: The search function, which can be found on the UNICEF publications homepage, allows you to search for a given publication by title, subject, region or date.

Q: How can I print or download a PDF file?

A: To download or print a PDF file, your computer must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. Once the PDF file is launched, click on the save or print function. Note that some reports are quite large, and some computers or printers may have difficulty processing them.

Q: May I freely reuse text from a UNICEF publication?

A: UNICEF encourages the use of its publications for educational and informational purposes, but all UNICEF publications are protected by copyright laws and regulations. For this reason, written permission from UNICEF is required to reproduce a UNICEF publication, in whole or in part and in any format or means of delivery, including print or electronic.  Permission requests from governmental and non-governmental organizations, educational and research institutions, and individuals working for non-commercial purposes are granted free of charge. Commercial publishers might be requested to make a small financial contribution.

For permission to reproduce publications of the Division of Communication, please contact:

Publications Section
3 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel: +1 (212) 326-7434
Email: <nyhqdoc.permit@unicef.org>

For permission to reproduce publications of other UNICEF offices or divisions, please contact those offices or divisions. Contact information is listed for each publication.

Q: How do I cite a UNICEF publication?

A: To cite UNICEF publications for which permission has already been received, the following standard credit line should be included in all cases.

Author name/s [individual or institutional], Full title of the publication [heading and subheading], Department name [if available], Publisher [UNICEF], city of publication, date [month and year, as available], page number/s. Reprinted with the permission of UNICEF.

For example:

United Nations Children’s Fund, Progress for Children: A report card on adolescents, No. 10, UNICEF, New York, April 2012. Reprinted with the permission of UNICEF.

Please contact UNICEF publications via email, at <nyhqdoc.permit@unicef.org>.

Q: How do I order publications from UNICEF?

A: Most materials are available in PDF format at no charge. To conserve resources, only a limited number of items are available in print. The links on the webpage for the publication will show what formats are available.

Q: Where can I find out about upcoming UNICEF publications?

A: Visit our upcoming UNICEF publications page for updated information.



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