UNICEF is a United Nations institution that provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
Most of UNICEF's work is in the field, with staff in over 190 countries and territories.
A report by the UN children's agency UNICEF has revealed the high level of child poverty in the first world. Germany was ranked among the best scoring countries while child poverty in the US was above the global average.
Today - 12 June - is World Day Against Child Labor. It was launched 15 years ago by the United Nations' International Labor Organization. According to estimates by UNICEF, the ILO and the World Bank, 168 million children and adolescents between 5 and 17 years of age - 11 percent - are obliged to work under conditions that deprive them of basic rights and opportunities.
South Sudan's civil war has forced over 1 million children to flee the country while another million are internally displaced, UN agencies say. Officials have warned that the future of an entire generation is at risk.