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We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity. 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.

Thanks to the commitment of health workers, 96% of Afghanistan is polio free.   We’ll do whatever it takes to get polio ...
12/19/2019
Preserving hope in Afghanistan

Thanks to the commitment of health workers, 96% of Afghanistan is polio free.

We’ll do whatever it takes to get polio cases down to zero.

Read our new report. 👇

Nine Afghan children are killed or maimed daily in the world’s most lethal conflict

12/19/2019
Going Blue #WorldChildrensDay

This year, iconic landmarks shone blue as a global show of support for children's rights. #WorldChildrensDay

So many children are never diagnosed or tested for HIV. This is how UNICEF and Uganda’s Ministry of Health are working t...
12/19/2019
Treating HIV-positive children with speed and skill

So many children are never diagnosed or tested for HIV.

This is how UNICEF and Uganda’s Ministry of Health are working to change that.

How innovations in rapid testing and child-friendly medicines are saving lives in Uganda.

Every child has a right to a name, nationality and legal identity. We must not stop until every child is counted and pro...
12/18/2019

Every child has a right to a name, nationality and legal identity. We must not stop until every child is counted and protected.

#ForEveryChild, a birth certificate.

12/18/2019
No matter what

No matter who they are or where they come from, every child has the right to clean water. And we won't stop until they do.

#RefugeeForum #AChildIsAChild

“I was mentally and verbally bullied, and that had a huge impact on my self-esteem. But I believed in myself and know th...
12/18/2019

“I was mentally and verbally bullied, and that had a huge impact on my self-esteem. But I believed in myself and know that I can do anything I set my mind to. Determination is the key to breaking all limitations,” 16-year-old Jahiem, from Jamaica.

Violence in schools can have serious long-term consequences on children’s lives, their futures, and the future of the communities where they live.
For far too many students, violence has become an everyday lesson. Community by community, classroom by classroom, we must create a culture of intolerance towards violence against children. #ENDviolence Unicef Jamaica

Education. It’s her right. Yet 3.7m children are out of school in Afghanistan. For every child, a safe place to learn. R...
12/17/2019
Preserving hope in Afghanistan

Education. It’s her right. Yet 3.7m children are out of school in Afghanistan.

For every child, a safe place to learn. Read our new report. 👇

Nine Afghan children are killed or maimed daily in the world’s most lethal conflict

12/17/2019
Every child's right

Empowerment.
Hope.
A lifeline.
Education is every child's right. #RefugeeForum #AChildIsAChild

In the first nine months of 2019, an average of nine children were killed or maimed every day in Afghanistan. A surge in...
12/17/2019
Preserving hope in Afghanistan

In the first nine months of 2019, an average of nine children were killed or maimed every day in Afghanistan.

A surge in suicide bomb attacks and fighting between pro- and anti-government forces was largely to blame.

Read our new report. 👇

Nine Afghan children are killed or maimed daily in the world’s most lethal conflict

12/17/2019
Children are not a target

Every child should be able to go outside in safety.

For Sameer, 12, this was not an option.

12/17/2019

Born into a conflict with no end in sight.

In Afghanistan, over 3.8m children need protection and humanitarian assistance.

More than anything, children need peace. 🕊️

12/16/2019
Secret handshake

Tag a friend who you had a secret handshake with!

These two girls are playing football together at a camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. UNICEF is supporting refugee children with basic health services, safe places to play and access to education.

We all smile in the same language.#ForEveryChild, happiness.
12/16/2019

We all smile in the same language.

#ForEveryChild, happiness.

12/16/2019
A better world

Protecting refugee children and young people helps us create a better world for all.

#RefugeeForum #AChildIsAChild

Baby Ibrahim is receiving urgent treatment for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported feeding centre in Maiduguri, northern ...
12/16/2019
UNICEF launches Humanitarian Action for Children 2020 appeal

Baby Ibrahim is receiving urgent treatment for malnutrition at a UNICEF-supported feeding centre in Maiduguri, northern Nigeria so he can get healthy, smile and play again.

With your support, we aim to treat 5.1m children for severe acute malnutrition next year. 👇

UNICEF issues largest-ever emergency funding appeal to reach historic numbers of children in need

12/15/2019
#ForEveryChild, sweet dreams

This little one is fast asleep in his mother’s arms in Madagascar. Every child has the right to be healthy, happy and to dream. #ForEveryChild, sweet dreams.

“I dream of peace in Syria.” says 10-year-old Rim. “I wish for families to go back to their homes and for children to go...
12/15/2019

“I dream of peace in Syria.” says 10-year-old Rim. “I wish for families to go back to their homes and for children to go back to school.”

Violence has displaced over 31,000 children in northeast Syria. This is what we’re doing to reach them.

Although this baby is holding a birth certificate, a quarter of the world’s children still remain invisible. The proport...
12/15/2019

Although this baby is holding a birth certificate, a quarter of the world’s children still remain invisible. The proportion of registered births has increased by almost 20% over the past decade, yet the births of 166m children under-five have never been officially recorded.

#ForEveryChild, a birth certificate.

12/15/2019
Sweet Baby Smiles

A big smile to warm your heart from this little one in Madagascar. 💙 It is up to our generation to demand that leaders from government, business and communities fulfil their commitments and take action for child rights now, once and for all. #ForEveryChild

Children living with albinism are often isolated, abused and discriminated against.Our differences - including nationali...
12/15/2019

Children living with albinism are often isolated, abused and discriminated against.

Our differences - including nationality, culture, gender, disability, identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity and religion - make us unique and should be celebrated. #ENDviolence

12/14/2019

15-year-old Penelope Lea is a UNICEF Norway Ambassador for climate change.

This week she helped launch a new declaration at #COP25 calling on world leaders to put children at the heart of climate policy.

Worldwide, an estimated 237m children under-five are currently without a birth certificate. We must change this #ForEver...
12/14/2019
Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track? - UNICEF DATA

Worldwide, an estimated 237m children under-five are currently without a birth certificate. We must change this #ForEveryChild. Learn more about the progress we’ve seen and what’s left to do.

book Publications Birth Registration for Every Child by 2030: Are we on track? December 2019 Society first acknowledges a child’s existence and identity through birth registration. The right to be recognized as a person before the law is a critical step in ensuring lifelong protection and is a pre...

12/14/2019
Why is a birth certificate so important?

Every child has a right to a name, nationality and legal identity. We won't stop until every child is counted and protected.
#ForEveryChild, a birth certificate.

Take a stand. Young people are speaking out against violence in schools. This is how you can support them 👇. Together, w...
12/14/2019
Take action to #ENDviolence against children

Take a stand.

Young people are speaking out against violence in schools.

This is how you can support them 👇. Together, we can #ENDviolence.

For far too many students around the world, violence has become an everyday lesson, but together we can change the situation

12/13/2019
Tender Loving Care

A little bit of tender loving care goes a long way. This mother in Côte d'Ivoire nestles her baby close, using 'kangaroo care' to help regulate her child’s breathing, body temperature and heart rate. #EveryChildAlive

12/13/2019
"Help me defend my rights."

After calling the UNICEF-supported hotline, 13-year-old Hoda received clinical care, psychosocial support and legal counsel – and with the help of lawyers, the perpetrator was prosecuted and convicted.

With your support, we’re working to reach 1.4m children and women in emergencies with gender-based violence related projects in 2020.

This one-year-old holds her birth certificate in her mother’s arms in Bangladesh. 1 in 4 children under-five remain unre...
12/13/2019

This one-year-old holds her birth certificate in her mother’s arms in Bangladesh. 1 in 4 children under-five remain unregistered and nonexistent in the eyes of the government and the law leaving them unprotected.

#ForEveryChild, a birth certificate.

12/12/2019
Orlando Bloom’s childhood

Orlando Bloom grew up with dyslexia but the right support helped him to learn, discover his talents and be his best. It's time to give every girl and boy the same chance to thrive.

12/12/2019
Live from #COP25

What can young people expect from negotiations happening at this week's Climate Conference?

Young activist, Marie Christina Kolo from Madagascar joins UN Secretary-General António Guterres LIVE at #COP25.

Sisters Tiquanisha, 5, and Tiquania, 2, swing on a tree outside their home after Hurricane Irma hit their island of Angu...
12/12/2019
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Sisters Tiquanisha, 5, and Tiquania, 2, swing on a tree outside their home after Hurricane Irma hit their island of Anguilla.

Learn how climate change related extreme weather is uprooting children from their homes in the Caribbean. 👇

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12/12/2019
Rita Ora meets children in Kosovo

As a child, Rita Ora and her family had to leave their home to search for safety. Today, she’s calling on leaders to protect the rights of every child.

“People believe that children don’t face challenges each day. They believe we aren’t faced with the reality of violence....
12/12/2019

“People believe that children don’t face challenges each day. They believe we aren’t faced with the reality of violence.” Shamina, 18, Jamaica.

Half of teens experience peer violence in and around school. Violence is sadly common enough to feel inevitable. But it’s not. It’s preventable. And we can all do something about it. #ENDviolence Unicef Jamaica

12/11/2019
Audrey Hepburn at the United Nations

30 years ago, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Audrey Hepburn gave this passionate speech as world leaders adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

We won't stop until every girl and boy is able to live out the promise of these historic words.

Our future.Our responsibility.#ClimateAction
12/11/2019

Our future.
Our responsibility.

#ClimateAction

We’re turning 73!Registering a birth is something to celebrate and #ForEveryChild, a birth certificate is a key that hel...
12/11/2019
What is birth registration and why does it matter?

We’re turning 73!

Registering a birth is something to celebrate and #ForEveryChild, a birth certificate is a key that helps access their rights.

Without legal proof of identity, children are left uncounted and invisible

“We are here today as advocates for a violence-free Jamaica. We love our country. But we hate the violence that is hurti...
12/11/2019

“We are here today as advocates for a violence-free Jamaica. We love our country. But we hate the violence that is hurting the bodies, minds and spirits of Jamaican children."

Ngozi, seven, in the Jamaican Parliament. #ENDviolence

Here's what you need to know about consent. #GenerationEquality
12/10/2019
When it comes to consent, there are no blurred lines

Here's what you need to know about consent.

#GenerationEquality

“They didn’t say no”… “We were drunk”… “She was asking for it because of what she was wearing”… “You need to be more assertive. While those that use these lines may have fuzzy understandings of consent, the definition is crystal clear. When it comes to consent, there are no blu...

12/10/2019

This little boy is taking a bath in Beira, Mozambique, an area devastated by Cyclone Idai in March. 💦

With your support, UNICEF aims to provide safe water for drinking, cooking and washing to 28.4m people in emergencies next year.

For every child, safe water.

Girls are a source of power, energy and creativity – and the millions affected by conflict and disaster are no exception...
12/10/2019

Girls are a source of power, energy and creativity – and the millions affected by conflict and disaster are no exception.

#16Days #ENDviolence #HumanRightsDay

12/09/2019
Measles outbreak

In 2019, measles outbreaks continue to spread around the world. Over 250,000 people have been infected in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone - more than three times the number of cases last year. Children like these twins are most at risk but we’ve provided millions of vaccines to stop the spread of this deadly disease.

#VaccinesWork

Our future.Our responsibility.#COP25 #ClimateAction
12/09/2019

Our future.
Our responsibility.

#COP25 #ClimateAction

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