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UNICEF is the world's leading child-focused humanitarian organization. We work in 192 countries throughout the world - our determination and reach is unparalleled. Follow the links below for more information on our key areas of priority and our work in the field of child advocacy.

Children's Rights for Survival

At UNICEF, we believe that every child, regardless of circumstances or socioeconomic background, has the right to grow and thrive. Tragically, every year, millions of children’s lives are cut short by entirely preventable causes. Many of these deaths come as a result of treatable illnesses, malnutrition, poor hygiene and lack of safe water and sanitation.

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Help us stop child exploitation, now.

UNICEF believes that all children, regardless of gender, culture, religion and socio-economic background, have the right to grow up in safety. Our programs address every aspect of child protection worldwide – from armed violence reduction, to child trafficking, to female genital mutilation, to psychosocial support for children in conflict zones.

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Child Development & Education

When we educate our children we empower our communities. UNICEF understands that education is not only a universal right; it’s a powerful tool that helps break the cycles of poverty, disease and social inequity. That is why UNICEF works to ensure that all children have access to quality, child-centred education regardless of circumstances, gender, ethnicity or socioeconomic background.

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Protecting Children with HIV and AIDS

The global battle with the HIV and AIDS epidemic is the most significant health challenge of our time. As the world’s leading child-focused humanitarian and development agency, UNICEF understands that preventing the transmission of HIV to children, and protecting and treating children affected by AIDS is the key to reversing and finally halting the epidemic.

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Child Advocacy

It is vital that children’s best interests come first at all times. As the only organization named in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child as a source of expertise for governments, UNICEF assesses and sheds light on national and international policies that put children at risk. We advance the rights of all children by influencing the decisions of those who set policy and law.

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