UNICEF in Armenia
Active in more than 190 countries and territories, UNICEF is the world’s leading advocate for children. We promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything we do. By ‘every child,’ UNICEF means infants and adolescents, boys and girls alike. The UNICEF mandate covers all children below the age of 18, as per the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). In fact, all of our work is guided by the CRC and other relevant UN Conventions.
In 2016, UNICEF celebrated its 70th anniversary - seven decades of working tirelessly to give every child the best possible start in life and overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path.
UNICEF works in Armenia since 1994. We support the Government of Armenia in the design and implementation of reforms to address gaps in the fulfilment of the rights of all children in Armenia, with a focus on the vulnerable and excluded.
This year we celebrate not only 25 years of our work for every child in Armenia but also the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
In the past two decades, UNICEF has proudly supported Armenia to:
- Cut under-5 child mortality by half
- Protect children from preventable diseases through 90% immunization
- Eliminate measles, mother to child HIV transmission, and achieve polio-free status
- Eliminate iodine deficiency through universal salt iodization
- Expand access to preschool education
- Advance inclusive education for children with disabilities
- Integrate emergency preparedness in the national education agenda
- Establish foster care services for children without parental care, and
- Decrease the number of children in residential care and correctional facilities by 75 percent.
From 2016-2020, UNICEF will work to ensure that:
- Disadvantaged girls and boys aged 0-6 years and their families have access to quality and inclusive health care and nutrition services,
- Children with disabilities are included in the society and can exercise their right to quality education and rehabilitation,
- Out of school children are integrated in the education system,
- Every child has the opportunity to grow up in a family environment,
- Schools, families, and communities are resilient against disaster risks,
- The judicial system safeguards the best interests of the child,
- There is a child rights monitoring system in the country.
This agenda is built to contribute to Armenia’s Development Strategy 2014-2025 as well as a range of national programmes and strategies on human rights, child rights protection, education, and disaster risk reduction.
As a reliable partner and a strong, independent voice for children’s rights, UNICEF promotes the inclusion of the most deprived children in national policies, convening partners around a child rights-based agenda and providing high-level international technical expertise.