UNICEF, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund, works in over 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families.
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realised. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS. UNICEF is also the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries.
As a global authority, UNICEF promotes and supports governments and other partners in promoting and upholding children’s rights in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and other international conventions and agreements related to children. UNICEF is also at the forefront of promoting gender equality, which is integrated in all of UNICEF’s programmes.
UNICEF MCO Fiji covers 14 Pacific island countries, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. These countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean.
Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria. All 14 Pacific island countries have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations.