UNICEF in Democratic People’s Republic of Korea


a nurse carries a UNICEF-supported medicine bag

Over three decades, UNICEF has enjoyed a strong partnership with the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in the common pursuit of the child-related Millennium Development Goals and in joint humanitarian action. The country programme of cooperation for 2017 to 2021 affords the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea the opportunity to renew its obligations to act in the best interests of all of its children, as formalized in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the child-focused Sustainable Development Goals and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 to 2030.

UNICEF and its partners in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea recognize that a healthy, well-educated and well-nourished population is a more resilient one. Since multiple dimensions of child deprivation can exacerbate disaster risks, UNICEF’s country programme focuses on expanding access to vital services to save lives; enable healthy development and reduce underlying vulnerabilities for the most disadvantaged children and communities.

UNICEF’s programme has been developed within the four strategic priorities of the United Nations Strategic Framework for 2017-2021: (1) food and nutrition security; (2) social development services; (3) resilience and sustainability; and (4) data and development management. UNICEF’s programme in DPRK focuses on current humanitarian priorities, including (a) ensuring access to life-saving assistance for the most vulnerable people who are affected by disasters; (b) reducing malnutrition (particularly among children under five and pregnant and lactating women); and (c) improving access to basic health and WASH services.

Country Programme Document 2017 to 2021