Global Annual Results Report 2020: Humanitarian Action

Progress, results achieved and lessons from 2020 in UNICEF humanitarian action


In 2020, UNICEF and partners responded to 455 new and ongoing humanitarian situations in 152 countries. More than half of all UNICEF expenses in 2020 supported humanitarian action. 

Globally, UNICEF and partners reached millions of children with lifesaving, gender-sensitive and disability-inclusive interventions in the areas of health, nutrition, education, child protection, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), and social protection during the year. 

Since the UNICEF Level 3 response to the COVID-19 pandemic began in early 2020, UNICEF has reached 261 million children with vital health, nutrition, education, child protection, gender-based violence and social protection services. In addition, UNICEF and partners reached 3 billion people, including 810 million children, with life-saving risk communication and community engagement information and activities. 

This report highlights the results achieved and challenges faced during 2020, as well as UNICEF’s work plan for humanitarian action in 2021.

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