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What does Unicef stand for, when was it founded and who runs the organisation?

Soccer Aid kicks off tomorrow - and the event has raised an incredible £2.4million for UNICEF

SOCCER AID kicks off tomorrow - and, in the last decade, the event has raised an incredible £2.4million for Unicef.

Here's everything we know about the global children's emergency fund.

 Sprinter Usain Bolt is gearing up for the Soccer Aid event, which has raised funds for UNICEF
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Sprinter Usain Bolt is gearing up for the Soccer Aid event, which has raised funds for UNICEF

What does UNICEF stand for?

UNICEF was set up by the United Nations to meet the emergency needs of children in post-war Europe and China.

It stands for the United Nations Children's Fund and provides humanitarian and developmental help to kids and mothers in developing countries.

UNICEF relies on contributions from governments and private donors - and Soccer Aid has raised a huge amount.

The group's  total income for 2015 was US$5,009,557,471 (£3,735,276,337).

Governments contribute two-thirds of the organisation's resources.

Private groups and individuals contribute the remainder through national committees.

It's estimated that 92 per cent of UNICEF revenue is distributed to program services.

UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1965.

Most of UNICEF's work is in the field - and it has a presence in 190 countries and territories.

When was UNICEF founded?

UNICEF was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946.

Ludwik Rajchman, a Polish physician, is thought to be the organisation's founder and served as its first chairman from 1946.

On his suggestion, American Maurice Pate was appointed its first executive director.

UNICEF's mission was extended to address the long-term needs of children and women in developing countries everywhere.

In 1953 it became a permanent part of the United Nations System, and the words "international" and "emergency" were dropped from its name.

On April 19, 2007, Grand duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg was appointed UNICEF Eminent Advocate for Children.

 Robbie Williams is taking part in Soccer Aid
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Robbie Williams is taking part in Soccer Aid

Who runs UNICEF?

UNICEF has a network with offices in more than 150 countries.

Additionally, 34 National Committees carry out UNICEF's mission through programs developed with host governments.

This five-year program focuses on practical ways to realise the rights of children and women

Seven regional offices provide technical help to country offices as required.

UNICEF's Supply Division is based in Copenhagen, which serves as the primary point of distribution for essentials such as vaccines for children and mums with HIV, nutritional supplements and emergency shelters.

A 36-member executive board establishes policies, approves programs and oversees administrative and financial plans.

The executive board is made up of government representatives who are elected by the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

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