United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Founded in 1946, UNICEF advocates and works for the protection of children's rights, to help the young meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. The UNICEF Executive Board reaffirmed this mandate in January 1996, when it adopted a statement on the mission of UNICEF saying that UNICEF "is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards children."

The statement is also available in Arabic, Chinese and Russian as well as in English, French and Spanish.

UNICEF, the only organization of the United Nations dedicated exclusively to children, works with other United Nations agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations to provide community-based services in primary health care, nutrition, basic education and safe water and sanitation to the developing world. It aims to reduce the terrible toll the lack of such services takes on the world's youngest citizens. The current Executive Director is Carol Bellamy of the United States of America.

The UNICEF Annual Report, reviewing activities in the preceding year, offers readers a sense of what UNICEF, together with a broad range of partners, is doing to meet the challenges confronting children and those in need.

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