About Us 

Since our inception in 1946, UNICEF has worked to protect and advocate for the rights of children across the globe.
Read on to learn more about the type of work UNICEF does, and how you can help and become involved.

For Every Child

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

Before, during and after humanitarian emergencies. UNICEF is on the ground, bringing lifesaving help and hope to children and families.

And we never give up.

Our Mission

Born out of the consequences of World War ll, UNICEF has continually worked to promote the rights and wellbeing of every child in need.

Together with our partners, we work in more than 190 countries and continue to put our commitment to child protection and children’s rights first.

Our presence in over one hundred countries means that we can focus a special effort on reaching society’s most vulnerable and excluded children.

Circa 1946 in Germany, a small displaced girl, wrapped in blankets and sitting on a mound of belongings, waits to continue her journey home.


We provide education, health-care, immunisation, nutrition, water & sanitation, child protection and humanitarian aid.

In emergency situations, UNICEF can respond quickly and ensure emergency supplies are on the ground within hours.

Our global supply division is based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with regional hubs in Dubai and Panama. This means that no matter where disasters strike in the world, UNICEF is prepared and ready to support those in need quickly.

Our work also takes us to Ireland, where we advocate for the rights of all children in Ireland.

Whether it’s through our work with young people or government, we’re always striving to empower and equip young people with the tools they need to fight for children’s rights.

Girls in a UNICEF supported temporary school in Iraq.

Get Involved

UNICEF Ireland is a registered charity. We’re funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. We are committed to finding the best and most cost-effective ways to save children’s lives.

Together, we can build a better world for children. If you’re interested in supporting the work UNICEF does, why not…

  • Become a monthly supporter
  • Read more about the issues affecting children
  • Join our social media community on Facebook or Twitter.

UNICEF Ireland is a signatory of the Dochas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages. By signing the code, UNICEF Ireland commits to using images and messages that represent the full complexity of the situations in which we work, and to seek the permission of the people portrayed in our photos.