Executive Board with 36 members
Anthony Lake (USA)
in 155 countries; supported by 37 national UNICEF committees
over 7000 members
Contributions of the donor countries and private donations (primarily via the UNICEF national committees).
USD 3.71 bln
Swiss contribution 2012
CHF 20 mln
Mandate of the United Nations Children’s Fund
The United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, was founded in 1946 with headquarters in New York. UNICEF is operational worldwide working for the well-being of children and women. As a politically and religiously independent institution it aims to improve the living conditions of children in developing countries.
|The main tasks of the UNICEF|
At its founding after the Second World War, UNICEF’s original mandate was to help children in Europe. Since then UNICEF has expanded its field of activities. Today the organization is active worldwide working for the well-being and rights of children and women in the following ways:
- UNICEF provides children in developing and transition countries with the necessities for a healthy development. These include the provision of clean water, hygienic installations, a sufficient and balanced diet, medical care and basic schooling.
- UNICEF helps countries implement the 1989 “UN Convention on the Rights of the Child” It also promotes the implementation of the Action Plan for Children which was agreed on at the 1990 World Summit for Children.
Central to UNICEF activities which contribute to the realization of the Millennium Development Goals are the following five priorities for 2006 - 2013
- Child survival and development,
- Basic education and gender equality,
- Children and HIV/aids,
- Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse,
- Policy advocacy and partnerships for children's rights.
|UNICEF and Switzerland|
For many years, UNICEF has been the most important partner for Switzerland in the long-term promotion of children in developing and transition countries.
The SDC is the body within the Swiss administration responsible for cooperation with UNICEF. The SDC allocates an annual general contribution of CHF 20 million to UNICEF and also directly supports individual UNICEF projects in different countries such as the social reintegration of street children in Romania or the fight against child labour in Pakistan. In addition, the SDC is supporting a UNICEF special programme in 2010 and 2011 in the area of protecting children against violence with an annual amount of 500,000 Swiss francs.
Switzerland had a seat on the UNICEF Executive Board on a rotating basis. Switzerland was represented in 2009 and 2010 by the SDC which involves itself actively in Executive Board meetings. This participation enables Switzerland to participate in the planning and monitoring of UNICEF activities
National efforts are supported by the Swiss UNICEF Committee which, as do 36 other national committees, contributes to the financing of UNICEF programmes. The activities of the Swiss committee are funded exclusively by private donations and the sale of UNICEF cards and gifts.
|UNICEF project example: “Back to School” programme in Afghanistan – school attendance never so high!|
Thirty years of conflict in Afghanistan left around 75% of schools either damaged or destroyed. Attending school was difficult, particularly for girls.
Additional Information and Documents
- SDC Factsheet Multilateral organisations: UNICEF
Switzerland and the United Nations Children’s Fund UNICEF
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- Multilateral Humanitarian Aid Concept
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- The Federal Council decides on the level of Switzerland's contributions to three United Nations bodies
- Reviewing the effectiveness of multilateral organisations