United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF is headquartered in New York, but a large part of the activities take part in the eight regional offices and 126 country offices supported by national committees.
UNICEF has its principal focus on long-term programmes for improving the conditions for children in developing countries. This includes
- basic education
- water supply.
UNICEF also takes part in emergency and reconstruction aid. Operations in conflict and civil war areas have intensified the cooperation with a number of UN, non-governmental organizations and national governments.
An important part of the work is opinion-building. UNICEF is financed almost exclusively by voluntary contributions from the UN member states and from private donors.
More on Unicef
Convention on the Rights of the Child | Barnkonventionen
As part of opinion-building and to provide inform about conditions for the world's children, UNICEF publishes a vast amount of information material, reports and books, some of which is directed to children.
The UNICEF website provides background information, news, statistics, full text documents and reports:
- The Executive Board of UNICEF submits an annual report to the ECOSOC in the documentary series Economic and Social Council Official Records. Supplement No. 14. It provides a summary of UNICEF's programme and activities with references to relevant documents and reports.
- Evaluation and Research Database - ERD contains abstracts and full text reports of evaluations and surveys related to UNICEF programmes.
- Unicef data.
- Unicef and the Sustainable Goals (SDGs).
- The State of the World's Children is an annual report containing analyses, human interest stories, country profiles, maps and statistical data for 195 countries and territories.
- UNICEF Annual Report is a survey of the achievements and activities by UNICEF.
- Facts for Life - a simple guide to basic child care - is one of the world's most widely read books. It is translated into 215 languages.
- UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children highlights the situation of children and women across countries; draws attention to the support needed to help these children to survive and thrive; and shows the results UNICEF and partners are working toward.
- We the Children is a review of the progress made and the setbacks which arose in meeting the commitments of the 1990 World Summit for Children, including recommendations for further action.
- World Summit for Children, 2002.
Find more about the United Nations' work on the Rights of the Child.
UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 1965.
Key UN documents
- UN Charter in Swedish | in English
- UN System Chart
- Yearbook of the United Nations
- Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Swedish | in English
- Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action
- Statue of the International Court of Justice
UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases
- United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
- UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
- ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
- Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
- UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
- Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
- a list of all documents
- a comprehensive subject index
- an index to speeches
- a voting chart of resolutions
- United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.
- All UN documents from 1993-.
- All resolutions of the Principal Organs from 1946-.
- All Security Council plenary documents from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- All supplements to the General Assembly Official Records (GAOR) from 1946-.
- All General Assembly plenary meeting records from 1946- in English, French and Spanish.
- Older documents are being scanned: Update on UN Digitization Programme.