UNICEF announces launch of Country Office in Greece on World Children’s Day

20 November 2020

NEW YORK/GENEVA/ATHENS, 20 November 2020 – On this World Children’s Day, UNICEF and the Government of Greece announce the official opening of a UNICEF Country Office in Greece, a major milestone in the ongoing cooperation between the Greek State and the United Nations agency to place children’s rights and well-being at the heart of the national agenda.

“Quote welcoming the UN agency in Greece / looking forward to working closely together”, stated, Greek Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, on the launch announcement.

The UNICEF Greece Country Office will collaborate with the key Ministries, child rights actors, the private sector, academia, media and the public to deliver results and raise awareness and support for children’s rights. The UN agency’s Country Programme will prioritize sectors that have particularly deep impact on children: education, childcare reform, poverty reduction and violence, guided by the country’s national strategy, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Sustainable Development Goals. A key focus will also be given on creating and supporting opportunities for the country’s two million children to be part of decision-making and action on their behalf.

“The opening of the UNICEF Greece Country Office signals a new chapter in our partnership with Greece, which dates back to 1946,” said Afshan Khan, UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia.  “Guided by our mandate to promote and protect the rights of all children, we look forward to writing this new and hopeful chapter with the government and people of Greece.”

A team of thirty national and international child rights experts has already begun working closely with the Greek State towards meeting a wide range of commitments and responsibilities to children in the country, as enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

“Greece and UNICEF have worked closely in recent years to address the challenges facing refugee and migrant children in the country and across the region. This new milestone builds and expands on that excellent collaboration, allowing us to reach all children in Greece,” said Luciano Calestini, UNICEF Representative in Greece.

UNICEF’s Country Programme will be officially announced in the beginning of 2021, following consultations with key Ministries and relevant authorities.

Media contacts

Olga Siokou –Siova
UNICEF Refugee and Migrant Response in Greece
Tel: +30 211 2340 297
Chulho Hyun
UNICEF Regional Office Europe and Central Asia
Tel: +41 22 909 52 86


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