UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on saving children’s lives around the globe.
UNICEF is a non-profit humanitarian organization focusing on saving children’s lives around the globe. UNICEF is on a mission to reach every child and ensure their well-being, no matter where they are in this world. There’s no limit to the lengths UNICEF will go, the risks we’ll take or the depth of our commitment to save children’s lives. By plane, boat or foot, we reach the poorest, most vulnerable children in the world’s most inaccessible places, bringing them simple, life-saving essentials like vaccines and clean water.
UNICEF Canada is one of UNICEF's 36 National Committees. UNICEF Canada’s main office is in Toronto, Ontario.
Child trafficking means boys and girls miss out on going to school because they are being forced to work in homes as domestic servants, or as labourers in mines. It means young girls lose the freedom to choose their futures because they are being forced to work as sex workers. It means children's lives are put at risk because they are being forced to fight in militia groups. It means the most basic of human rights are violated. A future is stolen.
The baby boy is only four hours old when we meet -- born on a thin, foam single mattress that lies on a mud-dirt floor, inside a small, makeshift plastic sheet shelter in the early morning darkness of Mingkaman, the massive site for internally displaced persons in South Sudan.
Swaziland has the highest rates of HIV infection in the world. Beckham saw how his fund is helping UNICEF to provide children with life-saving treatment and care and learned how over the next three years the 7 Fund is committed to contributing 27 per cent of UNICEF Swaziland's annual budget for HIV/AIDS.
Canada is one of the more unequal societies for children and youth, ranking 26th of 35 nations. Gaps in health and education have widened. Life satisfaction is unacceptably low, which can have worrying consequences for mental health. Some of Canada's children are in crisis.
The sad reality, however, is that millions of children around the world are deprived of play due to war or natural disaster. On World Play Day, we want you to meet ten children who may have been left with little, but still have the courage to keep playing.
It's heartbreaking that 16,000 children around the world continue to die every day of mostly preventable causes. That's almost a large football stadium full of children every day. As Canadians this is unacceptable to us. We can and must do more.
Oftentimes when adults talk about the mental health concerns faced by young people, it is limited to a discussion on the impacts of bullying. However, young people live diverse realities, and various experiences and issues affect their state of mental health and mental well-being.
Wherever in the world UNICEF works, we see the same thing from moms time and time again -- they'd do anything for their children. Meet some of the mothers who overcame obstacles, battled distressing situations and made phenomenal sacrifices for their children.
I became a father in 2013, four months after leaving Pakistan where I was working with UNICEF to support the polio eradication program. As the two remaining polio-endemic countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the final pieces of the eradication puzzle.
Inequality limits the potential of children, increasing their risk of poor health, lower earnings and lower skills in adulthood. Affluent nations with wide inequality gaps tend to have fewer children in great health and well-being, so it's not only the most disadvantaged children who suffer the consequences of inequality.
On the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, April 6, I encourage you to go get a soccer ball, pick up a baseball bat or grab a Frisbee and play a few rounds with a child. You never know how much you could be changing their lives -- and changing the world -- forever.