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UNICEF in Emergencies & Humanitarian Action

Core Commitments for Children

The Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action – the CCCs – are UNICEF’s central policy to uphold the rights of children affected by humanitarian crisis. The CCCs promote predictable, effective and timely collective humanitarian action, and clearly outline the areas in which UNICEF can best contribute to results. Initially developed in 1998, and revised in 2010, the CCCs are currently undergoing another revision to better reflect and align with changes in the humanitarian landscape including, for example, the need to operate in ever-increasing complex and high threat environments, the need to engage with non-state actors for access to the most vulnerable children and the emergence of deadly disease outbreaks such as the Ebola Disease Virus.


The CCCs are based on global standards and norms for humanitarian action. They are guided by international human rights law, in particular the Convention on the Rights of the Child and The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). In the case of complex emergencies, also by international humanitarian law. The CCCs reaffirm that advocacy to protect the rights of children and women is an integral part of humanitarian action. They guide UNICEF’s work with partners not only in humanitarian response, but also emphasizing reliable preparedness and early recovery. The CCCs recognize that prioritizing sustainability and ownership in humanitarian response can speed up a transition from life-saving intervention to self-initiated recovery actions by affected populations.

The CCCs are available here in these languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, English, French, Portuguese, Serbian, Spanish, and Russian.

An e-learning tool on the CCCs in available here.



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