Unicef or the United Nations Children’s Fund is an association intended to protect the conditions and rights of children. It works in particular for the health of children around the world (vaccination, care, fight against diseases, transport of medicines, etc.).
UNICEF is the leading children’s organization and respect for their rights in the world. Founded in 1946 (1964 for the French branch) by the United Nations, it is currently present in 190 countries and territories. Its fields of action concern theeducation, health, child protection, nutrition… Unicef also acts in crisis situations (conflicts, war, epidemics). What is the meaning of Unicef? What is the role of UNICEF ? Its fields of intervention? How to become a member and/or make a donation ?
What is Unicef?
Unicef was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946 at the end of the Second World War to take care of child victims of the conflict. Its headquarters are in New York, in the USA. Unicef France (part of Unicef), headquartered in Paris, is a association recognized as being of public utility in December 1970.
► 1951: first vaccination campaign against tuberculosis; 14 million children vaccinated.
► 1959: The United Nations and Unicef adopt the Declaration of children’s rights.
► 1964: Creation of the French branch of Unicef.
► 1965: Unicef receives the Nobel Prize of Peace
► 1989: Adoption of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (CIDE), treated as the basis of the work of Unicef.
For 75 years, Unicef has based its action on 5 fundamental values: benevolence, respect, integrity, trust and responsibility. To date, Unicef France recognizes 500,000 donors, 5,500 volunteers and 150 partner companies.
Who is the founder of Unicef?
Unicef is created by the General Assembly of the United Nations and Ludwik Rajchman (a Polish doctor and bacteriologist) who was its first president.
What does UNICEF stand for?
The acronym Unicef stands for “United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund“, or United Nations Children’s Fund.
What is the Unicef logo?
What is UNICEF’s role?
UNICEF fights for the rights of every child around the world.
What are Unicef’s areas of intervention?
UNICEF works to support child health and nutrition, safe water and sanitation, quality education and skills development, HIV prevention and treatment for mothers and of their babies, as well as the protection of children and young people against violence and exploitation. Here are the 7 areas of action of Unicef:
- There protection (child soldiers, forced labor, early marriage, sexual violenceabuse)
- education/equality (provide materials, improve access to school, schooling for girls, etc.)
- There nutrition (fight against malnutrition and deficiencies, breastfeeding, etc.)
- THE emergencies : conflicts, war, natural disasters, epidemics (humanitarian action)
- Isocial inclusion : fight against discrimination, inclusion of children with disabilities
- There health : vaccination, prevention and care of mother and baby, fight against diseases, transport of medicines
- Water and hygiene : access to drinking water, toilets etc.
Who are the beneficiaries of Unicef?
All the children who need it and more particularly isolated children, with disabilities, victims of the consequences of climate change, humanitarian crises, uprooted children, sick children or children in precarious situations.
It is possible to get involved with Unicef in different ways:
- By becoming editor on U-Reporta global platform that enables young people to participate in social and political dialogue
- By joining the community The Voice of Youth
- By participating in the world children’s dayNovember 20
- By becoming deliberate on UNICEF missions
To make a donation to Unicef, it is possible to realize on line by bank payment. You can also do a purchase on the Solidarity shop of UNICEF.
Source: Unicef website.