Protecting children (Millennium Declaration)
Keeping children safe
The role of UNICEF is to mobilize partners towards the realization of children’s rights and to strengthen the will and capacities of governments to ensure children’s protection. UNICEF is either the hub of, or a key participant in, global-level partnerships, including the Inter-Agency Coordination Panel on Juvenile Justice; the Inter-Agency Working Group on Unaccompanied and Separated Children; the Donors’ Working Group on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting; the Better Care Network; the UN Study on Violence Against Children; and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee’s Task Force on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Humanitarian Crises and Task Force on Mental Health and Psychological Support in Emergency Settings.
In December 2005, UNICEF’s premier flagship publication, The State of the World’s Children 2006, underscored the importance of remembering those children most likely to miss out on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals: those who are excluded from essential goods and services and denied protection from exploitation and abuse.
Assessing situations and setting standards
In a major step forward for children associated with fighting forces, whether they are being used as soldiers, slaves, cooks or spies, in July 2005 the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution to identify and condemn fighting forces across the globe that recruit children and use them in any way. The Council also endorsed a monitoring and reporting mechanism proposed by the UN Secretary-General.