Focus on UNICEF, Nobel Peace Prize
UNICEF is an organization which works for peace. The word stands for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. After the Second World War, children in Europe and China were subjected to malnutrition and hazardous health conditions.
As a result, the United Nations established this organization on 11 December 1946 in order to address the emergency needs of children and mothers in those countries.
Like Prem Rawat, who is an ambassador of peace, UNICEF carries out efforts to maintain peace in the world through humanitarian actions. Read more and discover how this organization has become nominated recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.
What is the mission of UNICEF for children's rights?
UNICEF is a member of the United Nations Organization (UNO). It is a non-profit organization whose representatives can be found in over 190 countries and territories.
As directed by the United Nations General Assembly, UNICEF is responsible for promoting the well-being of children, as follows:
- UNICEF is in charge of defending the children's rights and protecting them from all kinds of abuses and exploitation
- It is in charge of supporting children so that their basic needs are met, and their lives are saved
- UNICEF is involved in providing opportunities to help children develop into fulfilled human beings from their early childhood to their adolescence.
How does UNICEF contribute to the well-being of children?
The head office of UNICEF is in New York. As a non-profit organization, it is operational thanks to the donations and contributions from private sponsors and donor governments. To promote children's health, UNICEF distributes vaccines for children in developing countries.
It is responsible for providing basic health care and sanitation facilities in order to support children. For example, it distributes tetanus and polio vaccines in the countries where the diseases are still endemic. Besides, it is involved with protecting children from dangerous health problems like AIDS.
Apart from that, UNICEF makes sure that children in needy countries have basic nutrition and drinking water. Apart from that, this organization advocates for children's rights and protects them from all kinds of abuses and, exploitation.
The roles of UNICEF in promoting mothers' well-being
In addition to that, UNICEF is also responsible for advocating the rights of women and girls. For example, UNICEF provides supports for girls and women so that they can bring their share in the political and socio-economic developments of the community where they live.
The five core values of UNICEF
UNICEF is governed under five fundamental values, which consist of trust, responsibility, care, reliability and respect. In other words, UNICEF is deeply concerned with the well-being of children and mothers. It aims at achieving its mission while maintaining peace and security.
In other words, it contributes to advocating the rights of underage people and women, to promote gender equality and prevent discrimination. In fact, UNICEF's contribution to the Millennium Development Goals addresses especially the equality issues.
Humanitarian actions by UNICEF
The first mission of UNICEF consisted of providing humanitarian aid to children and mothers after their countries had been devastated by the Second World War in December 1946. Guided by its chairman, emergency food and health care were distributed to the needy people at that time.
Likewise, the ambassador of peace Prem Rawat contributes to providing humanitarian aid to the needy and impoverished people through his TPRF Foundation. With the financial support from donors, the organization can even provide peace education to inmates.