UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund, and their vision is of a world where the basic rights of every child will be met.

UNICEF works in over 190 countries to promote and protect the rights of children. They are the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, and they work hard to improve child health and nutrition, clean water and sanitation, quality basic education, and protection for children from violence, exploitation, and HIV.

In Australia, UNICEF advocates for the rights of all children to be realised and works to improve public and government support for child rights and international development.

UNICEF has the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes UNICEF unique among world organisations, and unique among those working with the young.


Worldwide, UNICEF’s main focuses to improve the health and welfare of children are:

Education is the foundation stone on which to build a future free from poverty, providing a ripple effect of opportunity that resonates for generations. We believe all children have the right to an education.

Child Survival and Development
Ensuring the survival of all children is the backbone of UNICEF’s work. From maternal health care to vaccinating children, from ensuring access to clean water and proper sanitation to early childhood education, we believe all children have the right to a full and healthy life.

Child protection
UNICEF strives to create a protective environment for all children that prevents abuse, and provides support to children who have been victims. Understanding the underlying causes and addressing this interconnectedness is key. We believe all children have the right to be protected.

HIV is not a death sentence. There is still a long way to go, but we’re closer than ever to seeing the first generation of children born HIV-free. We believe all children and young people have the right to life and dignity in the face of HIV and AIDS.

Water and Sanitation (WASH)
Worldwide one in nine people do not have access to safe, clean water. Lack of clean water and safe sanitation affects every area of a person’s life: education, health and poverty.

Emergency Response
UNICEF responds to an average 250 emergencies each year - including those that don’t make the news. Find out how we respond during an emergency.

Governance and Policy
In over 190 countries UNICEF works with governments to bring children’s rights to the centre of public policy. We work to ensure better systems are put in place to protect children’s rights and ensure children have the opportunity to express their opinions freely. We believe all children should have access to their rights.

Through contact with UNICEF, the lives of millions of children have been changed for the better.

You can find out more about the fantastic work UNICEF’s undertakes at their website.

(Exerpts taken from http://www.unicef.org.au)