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In words, images, facts and figures, this report details the results that UNICEF achieved in 2018, together with its generous partners and supporters, a dedicated global workforce and children and young people themselves. It also profiles UNICEF’s 2018 advocacy campaigns focused on improving child survival and health, expanding early childhood development programmes, ending violence against children and supporting young migrants and refugees. And it highlights the ways in which UNICEF has lived its core values – care, respect, integrity, accountability and trust – by initiating positive changes in its organizational culture.
As a record of the first year of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2018–2021, the report outlines efforts to protect the rights of every child, to open up new opportunities for children and young people, to become increasingly effective and efficient, and to strengthen UNICEF’s partnerships and financial stewardship. Among many other achievements in 2018, the report notes that UNICEF supported birth in health facilities for 27 million babies, three doses of the Pentavalent vaccine for an estimated 65.5 million children, education for 12 million children and treatment for 4 million children with severe acute malnutrition. At the same time, the organization responded to 285 humanitarian emergencies in 90 countries.
UNICEF Annual Report 2018 examines the progress made despite humanitarian challenges – as well as the opportunities ahead – as the international community marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 2019.