UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working specifically for children and children’s rights in more than 190 countries. We work with local communities, organisations and governments to make a lasting difference to children’s lives.
UNICEF recognises the critical role of sport and physical activity. We work with governments and partners to use sport-based programmes to improve children’s lives and to strengthen communities.
With our partners, UNICEF is incorporating opportunities for sport and play into country programmes to reach children, families and communities around the world. In countries at peace and at war, these activities are used to promote good health, encourage girls' education, create child-friendly spaces and warn about the harmful effects of alcohol and drug abuse. They are educating young people on the risks of HIV and empowering them with the life skills necessary to protect themselves.
Sport programmes are creating environments that are safe and promote stable relationships between children and adults, and among children themselves. They are providing children with opportunities to express themselves, to contribute their voice, opinions and ideas, and to become agents for change. They are helping to build communities and are contributing to a more just and peaceful society.
UNICEF partnerships with leading sports teams and athletes help us bring attention to the challenges facing children and to win support and raise money so that every child fulfils their right to play.