UNICEF was founded in 1946. The acronym comes from its original name: United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, although it is now known as the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The Swiss Committee for UNICEF was established as an association in 1959.

UNICEF is funded entirely through voluntary donations and is a politically independent, non-denominational organisation.

Global presence
Survival, health, nutrition, water, education and protection – UNICEF works for it all. UNICEF works at grassroots level in over 190 countries all around the world, before and during catastrophes and conflicts, as well as helping to rebuild in the aftermath. UNICEF also works to ensure that children’s rights are upheld at home in Switzerland.

Complex problems require solutions that work on many levels. As the Children’s Fund of the United Nations, UNICEF has the authority to collaborate with governments to initiate solutions that tackle the plight of children in ways that are sustainable.

Every donation is given in hope. UNICEF therefore handles its funds with the utmost care, drawing on the experience of its 70-year history. The support and services which the charity provides are repeatedly tested and evaluated all over the world, and are implemented and run in collaboration with local NGOs.

Infant mortality has been halved since 1990 in spite of a significant increase in the world’s population. Polio has been practically eradicated, and deaths from measles have fallen by 80 percent. Between 2008 and 2012, child labour was reduced by 25 percent, and more children than ever before are going to school.