UNICEF works with families, communities and governments in more than 190 countries worldwide to protect and promote the rights of all children.

All of our work is guided by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which guarantees every child the rights to an education, to a childhood, to be healthy, to be treated fairly and to be heard. 

We help governments to build schools, train teachers and provide textbooks so that every child can get an education.

We support governments to build and equip health systems, train health workers and provide food and clean water, so every child can be as healthy as possible. We're also the world’s largest distributer of vaccines to the developing world, protecting millions of children against death from preventable diseases.

We support families and communities to protect children against exploitation and abuse, so they can have a childhood. We work with partners to ensure that every child has the opportunity to take part in sport and play.

We aim to involve children and their voices at every level of decision-making, from school councils to international summits. 

We work at the highest levels of government and through local staff and partners on the ground to address poverty and discrimination so that every child is treated fairly.