For every child, hope

UNICEF 70: 1946-1970

Chinese and Serbian boy posing for a photo
UNICEF Serbia/1999/Peternek


“The hope of the world rests in the coming generations.”

With these words in 1946, the General Assembly recommended the establishment of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, UNICEF, to safeguard the lives of children struggling to survive in the aftermath of World War II – and in doing so, to help rebuild destroyed societies and restore hope for a better future.

Our organization has worked to live up to the trust that was placed in us 70 years ago to promote the rights and protect the well-being of all the world’s children, wherever they live, and whatever the domestic politics or international policies of their governments.

Many highlights of that work appear in the pages of this special publication.

They tell a story – the story of UNICEF’s determined work to close the gap between everything we imagine for children and all that we have not yet been able to achieve for them.

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