UNICEF (active as of 11 December 1946) is the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund, a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide. They are funded by governments and private donors. UNICEF's programs emphasize developing community-level services to promote the health and well-being of children. Most of its work is in the field, with a network that includes 150 country offices, headquarters and other facilities, and 34 "national committees" that carry out its mission through programs developed with host governments.
UNICEF are involved in implementing the UNCRC.
Of relevance to MAPs
- UNICEF Japan co-opted a Chinese popstar to advocate restrictions on games such as "RapeLay", and genres including lolicon/shotacon after lobbying for a ban possession of CP.
- UNICEF was involved in a 2021 controversy regarding the effects of viewing pornography on children:
- "The report published by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) addresses how government policy can be used to protect children from harmful, abusive and violent content online. Its conclusion is based on a European study of 19 EU countries that found in most countries, most children who saw pornographic images were “neither upset nor happy.” In fact, the report UNICEF relies on says that 39 percent of Spanish children were happy after seeing pornography."
- In 1988, sixteen people, including a former UNICEF official, were convicted of participating in a child sex ring that used a lab in the cellar of a UNICEF office to develop pictures of children in "obscene acts". Jozef Verbeeck, former director of the Brussels office of the U.N. Children's Fund, was sentenced by a Belgian district court to two years in prison for his part in the scandal.
Strategic Alignment and Risk of Censorship ratings
UNICEF has a Yesmap SAR of 3/5 (neutral), and the ROC has been assessed at 3/5 (low, but with a high risk of bias).