1973 United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Sri Lanka
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is the United Nations agency mandated by the General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights. The agency's work in Sri Lanka began in the early 1950s and the first UNICEF country office was established in 1973.
Early work included supporting basic services in health, education, social welfare and water/sanitation. During the tsunami and the conflict, assistance was focused on emergency humanitarian relief. As Sri Lanka transitions to recovery and development, UNICEF’s focus too, has shifted to supporting policy and good practice to ensure that the rights of all children and, especially the most vulnerable who are at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation, are not forgotten. UNICEF, currently supports national policy development, capacity building, research and, pilot projects that showcase model or innovative approaches that advance the rights of children.