About UNICEF: Who we are


kids wash hands after lunch
© UNICEF/Nigeria/Esiebo
Students queue to wash their hands with water that a girl pours from a pitcher at St Theresa Catholic School in Nigeria.

Where does UNICEF operate and where is it based?

UNICEF's work is carried out in 190 countries through Country Offices, Regional Offices and National Committees. Some 88 per cent of the organization's posts are located in the field. There are eight regional offices and country offices worldwide, as well as a research centre in Florence, a supply operation in Copenhagen and offices in Tokyo and Brussels. UNICEF headquarters are in New York.

How can I contact UNICEF (in my country)?
To find more information about UNICEF offices worldwide, go to 'Where we work'

How and where do I apply for a job with UNICEF?
You can find information about current vacancies, internships, UNICEF’s Young Professional Programme and the United Nations Junior Professional Officer programme on the UNICEF employment pages.

How do I go about volunteering to work for UNICEF?
Information on volunteering is available on the volunteers page.

How do I make a donation?
Thank you for your interest in supporting UNICEF. Our work depends entirely on voluntary contributions. Donate now. Or find out about other ways to support UNICEF.

What is UNICEF doing in my country, or in different countries around the world?
UNICEF is active in nearly every country around the world.

I’m a young person. What do you have for me?
Read about how young people are getting involved, learn about the issues, or join a discussion in Voices of Youth.

How can I get copies of UNICEF publications?
Ordering information for UNICEF publications and downloadable PDF files are available through the Publications catalogue.
For hard copies of UNICEF publications, you may also contact UNICEF in your country. There may be a shipping and handling charge.

How can I order UNICEF videos?
UNICEF produces documentaries, public service announcements, animations, classroom material, footage for broadcasters, audio features, and other audio visual materials. You may preview and order audio visual materials on child rights produced by UNICEF, independent producers and other partner organizations, through the Video/Audio pages.

What does the acronym UNICEF stand for?
UNICEF was established on 11 December 1946 by the United Nations to meet the emergency needs of children in post-war Europe and China. Its full name was the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. In 1950, its mandate was broadened to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere. UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations system in 1953, when its name was shortened to the United Nations Children's Fund. However, UNICEF retained its original acronym.

I'm a member of the press - where do I go for information?
Visit the Press Centre for the latest press releases, story ideas, calendar of events, broadcast resources, list of expert sources and more. Contact the media section by sending an email message to media@unicef.org.

Where does UNICEF get its funding?
For detailed information go to the current UNICEF Annual Report.



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