In 2007, the United Nations and its Member States enacted the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples ©UNICEF/Nicaragua-2012/M. Dormino.

For over 60 years, the United National Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to promote the rights of children and adolescents throughout the world and ensure that they are exercised. Since 1979, UNICEF has been working in Nicaragua with the state and with social and community organizations in order for all children and adolescents to have the necessary conditions for their full development. However, UNICEF did not install itself in Nicaragua with complete country office capabilities until 1991.

We are guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), ratified by Nicaragua in 1990, and strive to establish children's rights as enduring ethical principles and international standards of behaviour towards all children and adolescents.

We insist that the survival, protection and development of children and adolescents are universal development imperatives and an integral part of human progress.

We mobilize political will and material resources to help countries, particularly developing countries, formulate universal policies and create quality services that protect, promote and guarantee the human rights of children and adolescents.

We are committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children, particularly those that are victims of war and disasters; living in extreme poverty; suffering any form of violence and exploitation; and living with HIV or some form of disability.

In emergency situations, in coordination with United Nations partners and humanitarian organizations, we make our rapid response services available to institutions, organizations and communities to save lives, relieve the suffering and protect children, adolescents and the people who care for them. We contribute to children’s health and nutrition; the supply of drinking water and dignified sanitation; universal and quality basic education; and the protection of children and adolescents from violence, exploitation and all forms of maltreatment.

Through our national cooperation programmes, we promote the equal rights of women and girls and support their full participation in the political, social, and economic development of their communities.