UNICEF, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, is an organization that works to help children in 190 countries and territories around the world. For over 70 years, the organization has fought for children's rights and worked to meet their needs.
"All children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world."
UNICEF was founded in 1946 as the International Children’s Emergency Fund, or ICEF. It started as a program to provide relief to children affected by World War II. In 1953, UNICEF became an official agency of the United Nations. Since then, the organization has worked to provide healthcare, nutrition, education, protection, and shelter to children in need around the world.
Just three years ago in 2014 was the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, or the CRC. This convention was a promise to protect and promote children's rights. It defined a child's rights as the same as an adult's rights. In the 25 years since the convention, many advances have been made all around the world by children's rights advocates, especially UNICEF. UNICEF supports the Committee on the Rights of the Child, which was formed to promote the implementation of the CRC. UNICEF's global presence gives them the access they need to work to protect every child around the world.
Convention on the Rights of the Child