United Nations Children's Fund

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United Nations Children's Fund

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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He explained the organization would include the participation of national and regional organizations, the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).
Sigrid Kaag, Regional Director of the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) for North Africa and the Middle East (MEAN) described as "excellent" her talks with officials on partnership projects in the area of child protection.
Has the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) discovered that "at least 200 children are dying every day...as a direct result of sanctions," as advocacy journalist John Pilger maintains on his Web site?
The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has warned against efforts to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from the current 15 years old to nine years old, saying it will have detrimental effects on minors.
"I and my friends have agreed to collect money to fund the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) because Saudi Arabia has said it would cut its aids to it," the Yemeni child wrote.

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