Sixty years of the UNICEF Global Supply and Logistics Hub for children
Around the clock, around the world: In 2022, we celebrate a journey that started sixty years ago when the UNICEF Global Supply and Logistics Hub found a permanent home in Copenhagen.
Children have special rights because they have special needs. To make children’s rights a reality, every child needs access to supplies that enable them to survive, learn, stay healthy and keep warm and safe.
Sixty years ago, a major step was taken to guarantee that children around the world have a better chance to access the supplies they need. In 1962, the Government of Denmark supported the construction of UNICEF’s global humanitarian warehouse in Copenhagen. Initially built to pack health kits for maternity clinics and child health services, the warehouse evolved into a supply and logistics hub.
UNICEF, in close collaboration with governments, partners and industry representatives, works to coordinate, strategize, and implement the best ways to source, procure and transport supplies for children.
From the Danish capital, UNICEF supply and logistics experts work with international markets to shape and influence essential commodities’ quality and pricing, increasing access to life-saving supplies that are essential to fulfil children’s rights.Throughout this anniversary year, we will be sharing deep dives on supply items, staff testimonials and retrospectives to mark six decades of the UNICEF supply function in Denmark and evoke the importance of supplies to help children survive, thrive and fulfil their potential.