The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the global leader in the promotion and protection of child rights.
UNICEF is helping build a world where the rights of every child are fully realised. It has global authority to influence decision-makers, and a wide variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. UNICEF believes that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. It was created in 1946 to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
Recent global UNICEF research has shown that the best way to meet these aims is by targeting the poorest and most disadvantaged children with an equity-focused strategy. An equity-based approach seeks to understand and address the root causes of inequity so that all children, particularly those who suffer the worst deprivations in society, have access to education, health care, sanitation, clean water, protection, and other services necessary for their survival, growth, and development.
UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic
UNICEF’s Office in the Kyrgyz Republic was established in 1994, and has now worked for 20 years to assist the Government and civil society organisations to fulfil their obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and to empower children to fully claim and enjoy their rights.
UNICEF’s Country Programme for 2012-2016 aims to reach the most disadvantaged children in the country and to promote equity. UNICEF works at policy level with the Government to improve the social system, and on the ground to make sure that this system reaches all children, with a particular emphasis on the most vulnerable. This interlinkage between policy- and community-level work gives UNICEF a particular advantage in identifying barriers and bottlenecks to the provision of equitable services, and then supporting Government partners at all levels to promote solutions.
The programme is being realised across different sectors through projects in health and nutrition; education; child protection; social policy; water, sanitation and hygiene; disaster risk reduction; and peace building and youth issues. UNICEF works in a cross-cutting manner to provide humanitarian assistance when necessary, and to promote the interests of children in the media.