The National Committees are an integral part of UNICEF’s global organization and a unique feature of UNICEF.
Currently there are 33 National Committees in the world, each established as an independent local non-governmental organization.
Serving as the public face and dedicated voice of UNICEF, the National Committees work tirelessly to raise funds from the private sector, promote children’s rights and secure worldwide visibility for children threatened by poverty, disasters, armed conflict, abuse and exploitation.
UNICEF is funded exclusively by voluntary contributions, and the National Committees collectively raise around one-third of UNICEF's annual income. This comes through contributions from corporations, civil society organizations and more than 6 million individual donors worldwide. They also rally many different partners – including the media, national and local government officials, NGOs, specialists such as doctors and lawyers, corporations, schools, young people and the general public – on issues related to children’s rights.
The following locations are home to UNICEF National Committees (links to websites):
- Czech Republic
- Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region, People's Republic of China
- Korea, Republic of
- New Zealand
- United States