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A severely malnourished child lies in a UNICEF-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Afghanistan after being fed.
A severely malnourished child lies in a UNICEF-supported therapeutic feeding centre in Afghanistan after being fed.
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Q. Who is UNICEF and what does UNICEF stand for?
A. UNICEF is an acronym for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, but today, while we retain the acronym, we have abbreviated the name to United Nations Children Fund.

Q. What does UNICEF DO?
A. UNICEF is the world’s leading aid agency dedicated to children and women in both long term development work and emergencies.

Q. How is UNICEF FUNDED?
A. UNICEF is funded by the voluntary donations of the public, institutions, corporations and governments. It is NOT funded from the mandatory payments governments make to the United Nations.

Q. How is UNICEF different to other organizations?
A. As a UN agency UNICEF has a unique place in the world of development and emergency response agencies, because we are mandated by the UN to uphold the Convention on the Rights of Child and to build the capacity of governments to fulfill their obligations under this charter. This access to governments means we can influence and implement national structural change that benefits children throughout a country.

Operating at the government and community level means UNICEF influences change for children across all levels of society.

Q. How does UNICEF improve children’s lives?
A. Our five focus areas are: child survival and development, education and gender equality, child protection, HIV and AIDS, and climate change. Our work in each country can vary according to specific needs, but it nearly always involves building the capacity of local communities and provinces through to helping governments develop appropriate policy and practice for children and mothers.

Q. Where does UNICEF WORK?
A. We work in 154 developing countries and 37 developed countries.

Q. Does UNICEF work with other organizations?
A. Yes, we partner with a range of other organizations in the field.