UNICEF

Name of Department

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

BACKGROUND:

By resolution UN/GA/57 (I) of 11 December 1946, the United Nations General Assembly established the United Nations International Children's Fund Emergency Fund (UNICEF), following the decision of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) on termination of its activities in August 1946 to apply its residual assets to a fund to provide relief for the suffering children in war-devastated Europe. By resolution 417 (V) of 1 December 1950, the General Assembly decided to shift the main emphasis of the Fund toward programmes of long-range benefit to children of the developing countries. By resolution 802 (VIII) of 6 October 1953, it unanimously voted to continue the Fund for an indefinite period. The official name was shortened to United Nations Children’s Fund but the well-known acronym UNICEF

Mandate and Objectives:.