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Social and Economic Policy

Introduction

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UNICEF focuses on the critical impact social and economic policy issues have on children. Our work is centered around child poverty and disparities, child-sensitive social protection, migration and social and gender-sensitive budgeting. This site explains how these issues affect children and the work UNICEF is doing to address them. The social and economic updates below highlight some important recent additions to the site. 

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Social and Economic Policy Updates

Joint Statement on Child-Sensitive Social Protection

In recent years, social protection has emerged as a major new focus in efforts to reduce poverty around the world. Social protection is generally understood as a set of public actions that address poverty, vulnerability and exclusion as well as provide means to cope with risks throughout the life cycle. Investing in social protection not only supports progress towards a range of Millennium Development Goals, it has the potential to reduce poor people's vulnerabilities to global challenges such as aggregate economic shocks, instability in the price of food or other essential commodities, and climate change. Many societies recognize that such provision can also contribute to social cohesion and broader national socio-economic development and security.

In the current economic and financial crisis, social protection strategies will be a crucial element in effective policy responses. Child sensitive social protection systems mitigate the effects of poverty on families, strengthen families in their child care role, and enhance access to basic services for the poorest and most marginalized, including at-risk children living outside family care. UNICEF works together with a large number of partners - central and local governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and international agencies - for enhancing crisis support and making social protection more child, age and gender-sensitive in all major regions of operation. Read the Joint Statement on Child-Sensitive Social Protection.

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Global economic crisis

The current global economic and financial crisis threatens to undo many of the world’s recent gains in child survival and well-being. Learn more about:

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Country spotlight: The global economic crisis and Tajikistan

In Tajikistan's isolated Rasht Valley, families rely almost entirely on remittances sent back from Russia, where Tajik men work in the construction industry - but the economic downturn means less work and fewer paychecks. Learn more about how the global economic crisis is effecting the country.

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UNICEF Publications

UNICEF's working papers and working briefs address crucial issues facing the world's children. Recent publications include:

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Upcoming meetings and events

UNICEF and ODI are pleased to announce the upcoming conference 'The impact of the global food, fuel, and financial crises and policy responses: A child-sensitive approach', which will take place in London. The tentative dates are currently November 9-10, 2009. For more information, please contact Erika Strand at estrand@unicef.org.

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External Publications

The Human Development Research Paper Series features recent research commissioned to inform the global Human Development Report and further research in the field of human development. The upcoming reports focus on the theme of human mobility and development.

Papers from the series include: Migration and the Asia-Pacific Region: Trends, Factors and Impacts; Current Trends in Migration in the Commonwealth of Independent States, and; Information and Communication Technologies and Migration. See a complete list of reports in the series here.

 


 

 


 

 

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