“In a child’s eyes. you’ll find the light of hope…
of promise for the future.”

– Anthony Lake

UNICEF Executive Director

UNICEF

UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.
We promote the rights and wellbeing of every child and adolescent, in everything we
do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories, including
Malaysia, to create a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.

UNICEF in Malaysia

UNICEF has been part of Malaysia’s journey since 1954 to promote and protect the rights and wellbeing of children and adolescents, focussing on the most marginalised. We work on issues like; child poverty, birth registration, violence against children, quality and access to education and digital citizenship and safety. We work with the Government, NGOs, young people, businesses, celebrities and the media to help children develop and realise their full potential.

Our History

More than a year after the end of World War II, much of the world was struggling to recover from the devastation brought about by the conflict. As is always the case in
times of war — children were the most vulnerable, suffering famine and disease. In
response, the United Nations General Assembly created UNICEF (originally named
the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) on 11 December 1946.
Today, UNICEF stands for the United Nations Children’s Fund.