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UNICEF is the world's leading organisation protecting the rights of children and young people. Around the world, children's rights are being denied on a daily basis, including in emergencies such as natural disasters and conflict.
UNICEF is working in over 190 countries to protect children's right to be educated, to be healthy, to a childhood, to be treated fairly and to be heard. We work with local communities, partners and governments to ensure these rights are upheld.
UNICEF UK is a registered charity raising funds and awareness to support UNICEF's work to protect child rights worldwide, in accordance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). We raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign for the fulfilment of child rights in the UK and abroad. UNICEF UK also runs programmes in schools, hospitals and local communities in the UK.
Our Public Affairs team works to change the policies and practices of the UK Government that are in contravention of the CRC and detrimental to children’s rights in the UK and internationally. We do this by working directly with MPs and Peers and by inviting members of the public to join us in campaigning for children's rights. We are currently working on promoting an equity-based approach to development, securing funding for climate adaptation, combating child poverty in the UK and incorporating the Convention on the Rights of the Child into UK law.
You can find out more about our work on our website.
The latest press releases about the work of UNICEF and UNICEF UK can all be found here.
In an article for the Central Lobby on 7th December 2011, Baroness Massey, a trustee of UNICEF UK, argues that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child should become part of domestic UK legislation.