United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. It is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children.
UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in 191 countries through country programmes and National Committees.
UNICEF has been in South Sudan since 1989
UNICEF has been in South Sudan since 1989 when Southern Sudan was part of Sudan. Under a ‘One Country, Two Areas Programme approach, UNICEF worked for children in what is now the world's newest country. The current country office was established at the time of independence in July 2011
UNICEF currently has 13 field and zonal offices throughout South Sudan enabling us to deliver life-saving services to all corners of the country, despite the poor infrastructure.