UNICEF established its presence in Yemen in the 1970s to respond to the urgent needs of children in the poorest country in the Middle East. In 1991, Yemen ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it was enacted immediately. The country made steady progress for children until it plunged into a brutal conflict in 2015.
Since then, UNICEF has been working in collaboration with local authorities, non-governmental organizations and community partners, to respond to the urgent needs of children throughout the country with a continuum of services to help children survive and grow to their full potential.
Because every child deserves to grow up protected, healthy and educated.