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After the huge repercussions of World War II, humanity was left in diplomatic disorder. The United Nations was established as an international organization to maintain worldwide peace and prevent conflicts of severe magnitude happening in the future. The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was first put in place with the purpose of helping young people and children whose futures and lives were at risk, without making any judgements about the actions and role their country had in war. “What mattered to UNICEF was reaching every child in need, protecting children’s rights to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential.”(UNICEF, 2017) In 1965 the commission was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because, as was mentioned in the award ceremony, “...it has fulfilled the condition of Nobel's will, the promotion of brotherhood among the nations…"(UN, 2020)
UNICEF tries to help children who need it the most, so usually they reach out to developing countries which usually have the most disadvantaged children. UNICEF does whatever it can to help children around the world, and to protect and defend their rights. According to the United Nations General Assembly, their role is “...to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.” (UNICEF, 2017)
Currently UNICEF helps children in more than 190 different countries around the world, with many regional headquarters, the main one being located in New York City. UNICEF’s board is constituted of 36 members, representing the five regional groups of Member States.
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