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.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. In all of its work, UNICEF takes a life-cycle based approach, recognizing the particular importance of early childhood development and adolescence. UNICEF programmes focus on the most disadvantaged children, including those living in fragile contexts, those with disabilities, those who are affected by rapid urbanization and those affected by environmental degradation. UNICEF was created with a distinct purpose in mind: to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.