UNICEF in Iran
UNICEF presence in Iran goes back to the early 1950s. Initially, UNICEF and Government of Iran focused their collaboration on child health and nutrition later on expanded 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, operationalized by an agreed five-year programme of cooperation which currently runs from 2012 to 2016.
In countries like Iran, which is considered upper middle income country, UNICEF does not provide services to children and adolescents directly but concentrates instead 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 systems change, facilitates coordination and cooperation, and offers technical assistance to its partners in developing replicable child-friendly models to deliver services to children and in monitoring progress.
The generation and dissemination of knowledge, raising public awareness, 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 to ensuring social inclusion of children, poverty reduction policies, and opportunities for youth and adolescents.