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United Nations Children's Fund

(UNICEF), a specialized fund of the United Nations. It was established in 1946 as the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, and became a permanent part of the United Nations in 1953, when it acquired its current name (but retained its well-known acronym). UNICEF is concerned with assisting children and adolescents throughout the world, particularly in devastated areas and developing countries. By the first decade of the 21st cent. it was active in 190 countries. UNICEF's aims include insuring children's survival, nutrition, health, environmental safety, and education; protecting children from violence, exploitation, and abuse; preventing maternal mortality; preventing and treating HIV/AIDS; ensuring the rights of women and children; empowering women and girls in the pursuit of gender equality; and providing emergency assistance in countries facing crises. Unlike most UN programs and agencies, UNICEF is financed through voluntary contributions from governments and individuals, rather than by regular assessments. National UNICEF committees collaborate with UNICEF in various projects. UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965.
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Geneva [Switzerland], May 17 ( ANI ): Since March 30, more than 1,000 children have been injured by Israeli forces in the besieged Gaza Strip during demonstrations, according to UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).
IRNA reported that Javanfekr said that in meeting last Tuesday with a representative of UNICEF, the UN children's fund.
UN Children's Fund organiser Kent Page said: "They are vulnerable to exploitation, sexual violence, abuse and illegal trafficking."
Summary: Lebanese Singer Nancy Ajram was appointed the new goodwill ambassador to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF)...
Summary: <p>The humanitarian situation in IDP (internally displaced persons) camps in war-ravaged Saada and neighboring governorates in northern Yemen is worsening due to a lack of basic services - water, sanitation and food - UN Children's Fund Executive Director Ann Veneman said in a statement on August 24.
In a joint statement, the World Health Organisation and Unicef, the UN Children's Fund, demanded tighter rules governing children's food.
The UN Children's Fund will double its child feeding program to combat malnutrition and spend some US$1.6 million on water and sanitation projects in the northwest and Artibonite regions.
A spokesman for the UN Children's Fund said: "There's widespread devastation
Madonna, who is in the process of adopting Malawian boy David Banda, hosted a New York charity event last week that raised millions of dollars for the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the US singer's orphan care projects in Malawi.
This edition includes information on treaties concerning the legal status of the UN, including an agreement between Iran and its relation with the UN Children's Fund; treaties concerning the legal status of intergovernmental organizations related to the UN, including international labor organizations, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund; the legal aspects of UN activities such as peacekeeping missions and actions of members states, human rights and the environment, trade law; actions of such agencies as the International Civil Aviation Organization and cultural or scientific organizations; treaties concluded under the auspices of the UN; and decisions by administrative tribunals of the UN and selected legal opinions on significant issues.
South Africa has the most AIDS orphans in the world because of its denial of the epidemic, a UN Children's Fund report has found.
UN agencies involved in the relief effort included the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the World Food Program, the World Health Organization, the UN Children's Fund, the UN High Commission for Refugees, the Human Settlements Program, and the Food and Agriculture Organization.