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UNICEF Australia

, Sydney, Australia
Non-Profit Organization
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UNICEF Australia works for the survival, protection and development of every child http://instagram.com/unicefaustralia https://twitter.com/unicefaustralia UNICEF works to uphold children’s rights as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and around the world this work takes shape in a number of ways:
-   We deliver long-term international development programs, and partner with local organisations who are doing the same
-   We respond to humanitarian emergencies, delivering both short- and long-term support and protection for children in crisis situations
-   We advocate for children by influencing policy and guiding decision makers in prioritising children’s best interests at all times

At UNICEF Australia we work to protect and promote children’s rights by advocating for the rights of children in Australia and overseas, and engaging children in Australia in the concept of rights and how they can promote and respect the rights of other children. We also fundraise for and deliver international development programs in the following key areas:

-   Education
-   Child protection
-   Child survival
-   Nutrition
-   WASH
-   Humanitarian emergencies

UNICEF’s work is funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments – not by the United Nations.  

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