The United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) was created in 1946 to help children in wartorn Europe, China, and the Middle East. By 1953, UNICEF had spread all throughout the developing world.
UNICEF's work is now carried out in 192 countries. There are seven regional UNICEF offices as well as country offices worldwide. UNICEF's headquarters is in New York.
UNICEF's mission statement was created by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF insistats that the survival, protection, and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress.