UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the
protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand
their opportunities to reach their full potential.
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.
UNICEF mobilizes political will and material resources to
help countries, particularly developing countries, ensure a "first call for
children" and to build their capacity to form appropriate policies and deliver
services for children and their families.
UNICEF is committed to ensuring special protection for the
most disadvantaged children - victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, all
forms of violence and exploitation and those with disabilities.
UNICEF responds in emergencies to protect the rights of
children. In coordination with United Nations partners and humanitarian
agencies, UNICEF makes its unique facilities for rapid response available to its
partners to relieve the suffering of children and those who provide their care.
UNICEF is non-partisan and its cooperation is free of
discrimination. In everything it does, the most disadvantaged children and the
countries in greatest need have priority.
UNICEF aims, through its country programmes, to promote the
equal rights of women and girls and to support their full participation in the
political, social, and economic development of their communities.
UNICEF works with all its partners towards the attainment of
the sustainable human development goals adopted by the world community and the
realization of the vision of peace and social progress enshrined in the Charter
of the United Nations.