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Missions and Goals

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UNICEF’s vision is to build a world where the rights of every child are realised. Every child must be given the chance to become a productive member of society, and must have the right to be heard. UNICEF is non-partisan and we do not discriminate. In everything UNICEF does, the most disadvantaged children and the countries in greatest need have priority.

UNICEF'S Mission

UNICEF's work is guided by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, a universally agreed set of standards which sets out the right of every child to reach their full potential. UNICEF works with many partners to overcome poverty, abuse and disease and to build a world fit for all children.

Millennium Development Goals

UNICEF's work is also guided by international goals and plans of action that have been agreed to by United Nations member countries, including Australia. The most important of these are the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In September 2000, the MDGs were approved by the largest gathering of world leaders in history. By signing up to the MDGs all 191 UN member countries agreed to a set of time-bound and measurable goals and targets to be achieved by 2015 for combating poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women.

UNICEF has set in place its own strategic priorities and goals to complement and advance the MDGs globally.

In realising these goals, UNICEF aims to:
  • Give children the best start in life.
  • Get all children into school.
  • Ensure that all children are immunised against the common childhood diseases and are well nourished.
  • Prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS among young people.
  • Involve everyone in creating protective environments for children.
  • Achieve equality for those who are discriminated against, in particular girls and women.


UNICEF commits its resources to achieving results for children in five priority areas while also continuing to respond rapidly in emergencies and conflicts. To read about UNICEF’s priority areas of work, click here.

FAST FACTS : Mission & Goals

UNICEF was founded on 11 December 1946, originally as a short-term operation to meet the emergency needs of children after the Second World War, particularly in Europe. UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations system in 1953.

UNICEF relies on voluntary contributions from governments, partnerships with corporations, and the general public in developed countries like Australia.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) sets out basic rights for all children, and is the foundation of all UNICEF’s work.

Today UNICEF is one of the leading development agencies working exclusively for children.