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UNICEF in Emergencies & Humanitarian Action


Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs): Since the CCCs were introduced in 1998 and revised in 2010, the global humanitarian context has changed significantly. Humanitarian crises are increasingly protracted. Rising disregard for international humanitarian and human rights law and humanitarian principles characterizes conflicts, disproportionally affecting children and women. Population growth, urbanization, environmental degradation and climate change, large-scale migration, forced displacements, as well as public health emergencies increasingly compound the threats that children face. The CCCs have been revised to equip UNICEF and its partners to deliver principled, timely, quality and child-centred humanitarian response and advocacy in any crises with humanitarian consequences.

The Pre-Deployment Guide: orientation to UNICEF’s approach, policy and principles, intended for staff, standby partners and consultants being deployed for emergency response.

Humanitarian Action for Children: highlights the situation of children and women across countries; draws attention to the support needed to help these children survive and thrive; and shows the results UNICEF and partners are working towards.  Profiles for individual countries with active appeals are also included.

Humanitarian Action Study 2019 [PDF]

The UNICEF/WFP Return on Investment for Emergency Preparedness Study shows that we can deliver life-saving assistance more quickly and cost-effectively if we are better prepared in advance. The Guidance Note on Preparedness for Emergency Response describes how UNICEF will implement this strategy.



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