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9 Nov 1979, Geneva (Switzerland), as an international consortium of autonomous voluntary organizations, following joint response of several 'Save the Children' organizations to the 1976 earthquake in Guatemala (Guatemala). Derives historically from Save the Children International Union (SCIU), set up 6 Jan 1920 but which ceased to exist in Sep 1946. Original title: International Save the Children Alliance -- Alliance internationale Save the Children -- Alianza Internacional Save the Children. Has also been referred to as: Save the Children Union; Save the Children International. Previously also referred to in French and Spanish as Alliance internationale d'aide à l'enfance -- Alianza Internacional para el Apoyo a la Niñez. Current title adopted June 1988, sometimes abbreviated to Save the Children (SC). Reorganized Mar 1996. UK Registered Charity: 1076822. EU Transparency Register: 11610562644-55.


As an organization fighting for children's rights: deliver immediate and lasting improvements to children's lives worldwide; work for a world which respects and values each child, which listens to children and learns, where all children have hope and opportunity.

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Members work in over 115 countries worldwide, often in collaboration with other bodies. Groups of members work together on issues of common interest: global fundraising; programmes; communications; advocacy; child participation. The International Alliance Secretariat acts as focal point for mutual support, liaison and implementation of alliance strategy. Promotes implementation of United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) through programme activities, regional workshops, collaborations with other national and international NGOs and inter-governmental organizations, public information materials and children's rights advocacy work. Programme areas covered in 2005: Indian Ocean tsunami; Emergency response to conflict and disaster; Exploitation and abuse; Education; HIV/AIDS.


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (General); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Consultative Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 9 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 60 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 27 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Infants
  • Societal Problems
    • Protection
  • Peace
    • Rights
    • Humanitarian

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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