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UNICEF and Save the Children in Nepal sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Kathmandu, 27th April 2010:  UNICEF and Save the Children in Nepal signed a Memorandum of Understanding in Kathmandu today committing to working more closely together on programmes and projects of mutual interest. 

Save the Children and UNICEF have been working in Nepal to advance children's rights to survival, protection, development and participation, and are guided by the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC). The two agencies have agreed, among other things, to support and promote the realisation of children’s rights in the country.

"We have been encouraged with the positive developments in Nepal with regard to child rights and the implementation of the CRC" said Ms. Gillian Mellsop, UNICEF Representative to Nepal. "The inclusion of child rights as a fundamental right in the constitution drafting process is very encouraging too, though much still needs to be done and we are joining hands to better impact on the quality of life for Nepali children.”

In the three year agreement signed today, Save the Children and UNICEF will conduct joint advocacy initiatives and campaigns to promote and defend children’s rights and increase collaboration during emergencies.  The agencies, guided by the CRC and in close cooperation with the Government of Nepal, will undertake initiatives to help strengthen the capacity of government networks and civil society to promote, fulfill, defend, and monitor the rights of children in Nepal.

The partnership will seek to create spaces and opportunities to strengthen children’s rights to participation in an appropriate manner. Similarly, the two agencies will focus on sharing information and experiences that will lead to the development and implementation of tested and effective actions to benefit children.

“This memorandum of understanding underscores our strong belief that international organisations must cooperate and collaborate in the best interest of children," said Mr. Brian J. Hunter, Country Director of Save the Children in Nepal. "We can and should do more to complement each other’s efforts and those of the government and civil society to achieve real and lasting impacts for children.”

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For more information:

Rupa Joshi, Communication Specialist, UNICEF; Cell:   9851054140

Sudarshan Shrestha, Information and Advocacy Director, Save the Children;  Cell:  9851004574



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