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UNICEF is committed to changing the world for children. It strives to protect their rights, improve their health, and nurture their development through sound planning and monitoring of policy results.

UNICEF plays a central role in monitoring the situation of children and women – by assisting countries in collecting and analysing data, helping to develop methodologies and indicators, maintaining global databases, disseminating and publishing data. UNICEF is also the lead agency responsible for the global monitoring of the child-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

This website contains UNICEF’s statistical information, including data used in UNICEF’s flagship publications, The State of the World’s Children and Progress for Children. Also here are technical resources for conducting UNICEF-supported Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), which are a major source of global development data.