UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, works to build a better world for every child, every day, everywhere. UNICEF provides children with more clean water, vital food and vaccines, education and protection from violence than any other humanitarian organization.
UNICEF works with families, local communities, organizations and governments in more than 190 countries to help every child reach their full potential. In everything the organization does, priority is given to the most vulnerable children and those who need them most.
UNICEF is a multi-stakeholder organization for the rights of the child, created by the UN with 70 years of field experience, a network that spans the world, a passion for innovation, and a commitment to counting every penny. Impartial and non-political, UNICEF is never neutral when it comes to protecting children's rights and ensuring their lives and futures.
UNICEF works in some of the most difficult places in the world, reaching the farthest from aid, the most deprived, and the most at risk. UNICEF saves children's lives with vaccines, clean water, and therapeutic nutrition. UNICEF protects children from violence, exploitation and abuse. And UNICEF helps children realize their potential by supporting quality education and training. UNICEF works for every child to build a better world for all.
UNICEF in the UK
The United Kingdom Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) is a UK - registered charity that raises funds for UNICEF emergency and development activities around the world and advocates for long-term change for children around the world. This includes, for example, working to change UK government policies and practices that are detrimental to children's rights in the UK and internationally. UNICEF UK is one of 33 national UNICEF charities based in industrialized countries.
In the UK, UNICEF UK works with hospitals where children are born, schools where children learn and grow, and services that shape their lives so that every child has the same chance to shine.
In 2020, the organisation helped nine out of 10 maternity wards across the UK, supporting around 600,000 new babies when they are born. About 1.5 million children go to schools that become Rights-respecting, creating an environment where every child is safe, respected, and nurtured. And UNICEF is working with local authorities in all four UK countries to help make cities and communities places where all children, especially the most vulnerable, feel safe, heard, nurtured and can thrive.
All over the world, including here in the UK, UNICEF promotes and defends the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF works with partners and supporters to:
- Promote and create change for children;
- Unlock resources for programs for children;
- Promotion of children's voices.