UNICEF in Iran
The UNICEF presence in Iran goes back to the early 1950s. Initially, UNICEF and the Government of Iran focused their collaboration on child health and nutrition, later expanding to include education, child protection, HIV/AIDS prevention, child rights monitoring, and child poverty reduction. UNICEF works in the Islamic Republic of Iran under a Basic Cooperation Agreement with the Government, put into place by an agreed five-year programme of cooperation which currently runs from 2012 to 2016.
In a country like Iran, which is considered an upper middle income country, UNICEF does not directly provide services to children and adolescents, but instead concentrates on contributing to the formulation of child-related policies and the design and implementation of mechanisms for putting these policies into practice. To this end, UNICEF shares its international experience, advocates for legislative and systematical change, facilitates coordination and cooperation, and offers technical assistance to its partners in developing replicable child-friendly models to deliver services to children and monitoring progression.
The generation and dissemination of knowledge, raising public awareness, the promotion of policy debate and mobilisation of resources for the realization of the rights of children and youth, are integral parts of the Country Programme.
The Country Programme, 2012- 2016, is developed with a view in ensuring social inclusion of children, poverty reduction policies, and opportunities for youth and adolescents living in Iran.