32 Facts About UNICEF


UNICEF's activities include providing immunizations and disease prevention, administering treatment for children and mothers with HIV, enhancing childhood and maternal nutrition, improving sanitation, promoting education, and providing emergency relief in response to disasters.

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UNICEF is the successor of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, created on December 11, 1946, in New York, by the U N Relief Rehabilitation Administration to provide immediate relief to children and mothers affected by World War II.

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UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary contributions from governments and private donors.

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In 2018, UNICEF assisted in the birth of 27 million babies, administered pentavalent vaccines to an estimated 65.

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UNICEF has received recognition for its work, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965, the Indira Gandhi Prize in 1989 and the Princess of Asturias Award in 2006.

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UNICEF relies on country offices to help carry out its work through a unique program of cooperation developed with the host government.

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UNICEF is present in 191 countries and territories around the world, but not involved in nine others.

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These non-governmental organizations are primarily responsible for fundraising, selling UNICEF greeting cards and products, creating private and public partnerships, advocating for children's rights, and providing other support.

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The US Fund for UNICEF is the oldest of the national committees, founded in 1947.

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In 2003, UNICEF sponsored Italian football club Piacenza Calcio 1919 until 2008.

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In January 2007 UNICEF struck a partnership with Canada's national tent pegging team.

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UNICEF announced a landmark partnership with Scottish club Rangers F C UNICEF partnered with the Rangers Charity Foundation and pledged to raise £300, 000 by 2011.

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In 2010, UNICEF created a partnership with Phi Iota Alpha, making them the first Greek Lettered Organization UNICEF has ever worked with.

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Since 1950, when a group of children in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, donated $17 which they received on Halloween to help post-World War II victims, the Trick-or-Treat UNICEF box has become a tradition in North America during the fall.

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In 1994, UNICEF held a summit encouraging animation studios around the world to create individual animated spots demonstrating the international rights of children.

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In 2012, UNICEF worked with Save the Children and The United Nations Global Compact to develop the Children's Rights and Business Principles and now these guidelines form the basis of UNICEF's advice to companies.

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The partnership aims to use the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for UNICEF's work protecting children in danger around the world.

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UNICEF Ambassadors are leaders in the entertainment industry, representing the fields of film, television, music, sports and beyond.

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Old UNICEF World Warehouse is a large facility in Denmark, which hosts UNICEF deliverable goods as well as co-hosts emergency goods for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

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UNICEF Innocenti develops its research agenda in consultation with other parts of UNICEF and with external stakeholders.

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UNICEF has adopted the ABC strategy promoted in various international AIDS prevention interventions.

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UNICEF has a policy preferring orphanages only be used as temporary accommodation for children when there is no alternative.

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UNICEF has historically opposed the creation of large-scale, permanent orphanages for children, preferring instead to find children places in their families and communities, wherever possible.

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Critics argue that UNICEF's focus on rights rather than safety and survival is idealistic, and that by focusing on politicized children's rights instead of mere child survival, UNICEF has contributed indirectly to the child mortality crisis.

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In Germany, in the late 2000s, UNICEF was accused of mismanagement, abuse and waste of funds.

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In 2012, UNICEF confirmed fraud in a Pakistan school rehabilitation project, where an estimated US$4 million was lost when funds were misappropriated.

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Documents released by Edward Snowden in December 2013 showed that UNICEF was among the surveillance targets of British and American intelligence agencies.

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In December 2020 UNICEF made funding available to feed children in the UK for the first time as part of its Food Power for Generation COVID initiative.

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UNICEF pledged £25, 000 to School Food Matters, a south London charity, to help feed children over the Christmas holidays.

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UNICEF said it was helping children in the UK because of an increase in food poverty in Britain, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Anna Kettley, from UNICEF said "We are one of the richest countries in the world and we should not have to be relying on food banks or food aid.

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In 2021, UNICEF published a report called Digital Age Assurance Tools and Children's Rights Online across the Globe, which some have interpreted as minimizing the effect of pornography on children.

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