Children are concerned about the future. UNICEF knows they have the most at stake — and works to safeguard their rights, and to ensure their voices are heard.
Kids need UNICEF more than ever:
- Today's generation of children is the first to grow up in a world made far more dangerous as a result of climate change — and yet young people still have no meaningful say in national environmental and climate policies.
- More children in the world than ever before are displaced by armed conflict, food insecurity, water scarcity, and other threats to their health, safety and well-being.
- There are 240 million children living with disabilities in the world; half are out of school, hidden by their families and abandoned by their governments.
- Child marriage, child labor and other forms of exploitation persist, particularly in crisis settings where vulnerable families turn to desperate measures to survive.
UNICEF-supported peace clubs in the Democratic Republic of Congo give kids raised in conflict the chance to forge bonds across interethnic divisions. One student leader says he joined because his friends were victims of violence: “We sensitize the community on peaceful cohabitation because our village had known war. Today, thanks to our work, we live and eat together."
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- UNICEF works to protect every child's right to be a child: Millions of adolescent girls benefit from UNICEF's efforts with partners focused on preventing child marriage, child labor and other rights violations.
- UNICEF helps children heal and become more resilient: Community-based, UNICEF-supported mental health and psychosocial programs reach tens of millions of children, adolescents, parents and caregivers in 117 countries every year.
- UNICEF advocates for an inclusive world: UNICEF’s programs reach millions of children with disabilities helping them fulfill their rights — including their right to an education and to fully participate in society.
- UNICEF ensures children and women don't suffer abuse in silence: Many more children and women across 126 countries have safe channels for reporting sexual violence, exploitation and abuse thanks to UNICEF.
- UNICEF empowers children and young people: UNICEF offers innovative tools such as U-Report to help advance youth-led initiatives — including a global movement to combat climate change.
- UNICEF inspires action: UNICEF provides platforms to help amplify young people’s voices, ideas and priorities.
- UNICEF provides many ways for young people in the U.S. to take action: Through UNICEF Clubs and UNICEF UNITE, adolescents are able to speak out on topics they care about — and get elected officials to listen.
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