UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation focusing on children and child rights, with a presence in more than 190 countries and territories. We work with local communities, partners and governments to ensure every child’s rights to survive and thrive are upheld.
UNICEF UK raises funds for UNICEF’s emergency and development work around the world. In 2011 we raised £95 million for UNICEF’s work with children worldwide.
UNICEF UK also advocates for lasting change for children. For instance, UNICEF UK’s Public Affairs Team works to change government policies and practices that are detrimental to child rights in the UK and internationally.
UNICEF’s global structure
UNICEF’s global activities, policy work and fundraising are coordinated by two international UNICEF offices: one in New York and another in Geneva.
UNICEF also has two specialised offices: the Supply Division, based in Copenhagen, who manage our series of supply centres – so essential in emergencies, such as a natural disaster – and the Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, well-known for its authoritative publications on children.
UNICEF’s global reach
UNICEF delivers programmes in more than 150 less-developed countries around the world, where 88 per cent of our staff are located. Our global reach allows us to share knowledge across borders, while our local presence means we can deliver assistance where it is needed most. UNICEF is ready to respond rapidly wherever disaster strikes, delivering life-saving help for children.
UNICEF and the CRC
UNICEF is the only organisation specifically named in the UN Convention on the Rights if the Child as a source of expert assistance and advice on which governments can call. We are responsible for holding governments to account for the rights of children.
UNICEF receives no funding from the UN budget. We rely entirely on voluntary donations to fund our vital work for children and their rights.
UNICEF UK is a registered charity and raises funds through donations, the sale of cards and gifts, partnerships with companies and special events.