terça-feira, 13 de março de 2012


 UNICEF, initially known as the International Fund for Emergency United Nations for Children, was established in December 1946 to help children victims of Europe's World War II. At the beginning of the 50s, its mandate was extended to meet the needs children and mothers in developing countries. In 1953, it is a permanent agency of the United Nations and shall take care especially children in the poorest countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. He then designated the United Nations Children's Fund, but retains the acronym that became known throughout the world - UNICEF.

What is it?
UNICEF is a UN agency which aims to promote the protection of children's rights, help meet their basic needs and contribute to their full development.
UNICEF is governed by the Convention on the Rights of the Child and strives to have those rights being converted into permanent ethical principles and international codes of conduct for children.

What does it do?

UNICEF is the only global organization that is dedicated specifically to children. Generally speaking, works with national governments and local organizations in programs of long-term development in the health, education, nutrition, water and sanitation and also in emergency situations to protect child victims of war and other disasters. It currently works in 158 countries around the world.

Wars, undeclared conflicts, earthquakes, drought, in many parts of the world, emergencies and natural man-made disasters continue to affect the most vulnerable populations - especially children.

UNICEF acts in emergency situations of immediate help, food, medicine, specialized personnel, in doing so, also seeks to ensure the continuity of programs for children in the long term - for example in education, with schools and emergency interventions reconstruction and recovery.

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