Canada and UNICEF

UNICEF works to improve the social and economic conditions of children by increasing children's access to health care, safe drinking water, food, and education; protecting children from violence and abuse; and providing emergency relief after disasters. UNICEF works in more than 150 developing countries.

Canada has been a strong supporter of UNICEF since its establishment in 1946. Canada sits on the 36-member Executive Board of UNICEF, on a rotating basis.

Canada's support for UNICEF

Canada supports UNICEF's programs to improve children's lives. For example, in Afghanistan, Canada has worked closely with UNICEF to eradicate polio by providing millions of vaccines. In Colombia, work with UNICEF strengthened child protection. Canada also supports the Catalytic Initiative to Save a Million Lives—a multidonor initiative that works to reduce child deaths in Africa.


In 2011, with the support of Canada and other donors, UNICEF:

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