United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF is headquartered in New York, but a large part of the activities take part in the regional offices and the 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

  • health
  • basic education
  • food
  • sanitation
  • water supply.

Emergency situations

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.

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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:

Publications and reports

UNICEF publications and reports:

Find more about the United Nations' work on the Rights of the Child.

UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 1965.

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.
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