The United Nations Children's Fund (or UNICEF) was created by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 1946, to provide emergency food and healthcare to children in countries that had been devastated by World War II. In 1953, UNICEF became a permanent part of the United Nations System and its name was shortened from the original United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund but it has continued to be known by the popular acronym based on this old name. Headquartered in New York City, UNICEF provides long-term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.
UNICEF is currently focused on five primary priorities: Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and Gender Equality (including girls' education), Child protection from violence, exploitation, and abuse, HIV/AIDS and children, and Policy advocacy and partnerships for children’s rights. Related areas of UNICEF action include early childhood development, adolescence development and participation, life skills based education and child rights all over the world.
Recently, UNICEF has begun partnerships with world-class athletes and teams, to promote the organisation's work and to raise funds. Additionally, UNICEF was seen on the #27 Bill Davis Racing of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series pickup truck driven by Jacques Villeneuve. They will sponsor his Sprint Cup car part-time starting in 2008.
- #27 - UNICEF Toyota - 2007 Talladega2
- #27 - UNICEF Toyota - Late 2007