UNICEF is the global leader promoting and protecting children’s rights in 190 countries, including Viet Nam

UNICEF is the global leader promoting and protecting children’s rights in 190 countries, including Viet Nam
UNICEF Viet Nam\Truong Viet Hung

About us

UNICEF Viet Nam is one of more than 190 offices of the United Nations Children’s Fund globally and part of the United Nations system in Viet Nam working in close collaboration with all UN agencies in the country. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF has a universal mandate to promote and protect the rights of all children, everywhere – especially those hardest to serve and most at risk.


UNICEF Believes

All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

Our mission

UNICEF’s mission in Viet Nam is to make sure every child in the country is healthy, educated and safe from harm, therefore having the best start in life and a fair chance to reach her or his full potential and benefit from the country’s prosperity. We believe children have a right to live in a more equitable society, where their voices are heard and needs met as a matter of priority in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.         

UNICEF helps build a world where the rights of every child are fully realized. It is our conviction that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress.

UNICEF was created in 1946 to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. It has global authority to influence decision-makers, and a wide variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality.  

A health worker vaccinating children on a boat in the Mekong Delta, 1999.
A pre-natal examination in a UNICEF assisted community, health center in La Son Commune in Ha Nam province, 1999.

Who we are

As a trusted and strategic development partner, UNICEF has been active in Viet Nam since 1975 improving the lives of children and their families. The first country in Asia and the second globally to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, Viet Nam and its children today face new and emerging challenges following a sustained and dynamic period of economic and development growth. In response, UNICEF is working with the government and partners to reduce disparities and bring about an inclusive, non-discriminatory and caring society that protects the rights of Viet Nam’s 26 million children, including the most marginalized and vulnerable ones.

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Viet Nam and UNICEF have a long history of cooperation and trust. Following reunification in 1975, UNICEF launched a nation-wide programme to meet the basic needs of Viet Nam’s girls and boys. Since UNICEF’s first days in Viet Nam, the country programme has shifted from emergency response and reconstruction, to meeting basic needs in health and education, to today concentrating on improving social services, while supporting sound policy and an effective legal framework to ensure each one of the country’s 26 million girls and boys can meet his or her full potential.