What is the UNICEF?

United Nations Children’s Fund

UNICEF, also known as the United Nations Children’s Fund, is a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. The agency is among the most widespread and recognizable social welfare organizations in the world, with a presence in 192 countries and territories.

UNICEF is the successor of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund also known as the UNICEF, created on December 11, 1946, in New York, by the U.N. Relief Rehabilitation Administration to provide immediate relief to children and mothers affected by World War II.

March 15, 2012

UNICEF 1946-1959: An Agency for Children is Born

Can we end hunger and poverty, halt climate change and achieve gender equality in the next 15 years? The governments of the world think we can. Meeting at the UN in September 2015, they agreed to a new set of Global Goals for the development of the world to 2030.


New York City, USA



Legal status

Active 11 December 1946; 74 years ago (as United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund)


Henrietta H. Fore

Parent organization

United Nations General Assembly
United Nations Economic and Social Council



The UNICEF CryptoFund

What is it all about?

Christina Lomazzo, Blockchain Lead & Mehran Hydary, Product Manager

23 December 2020 | www.unicef.org

In October 2019, UNICEF launched the CryptoFund, a new financial vehicle allowing UNICEF to receive, hold, and disburse cryptocurrency – a first for the UN.