UNICEF partners with governments, civil society, business, academia and the United Nations family to protect children and adolescents.
No single organization or approach can hope to tackle all of these challenges alone, which is why partnership lies at the very heart of our work.
The power of partnerships allows us to expand our reach, working with a wide range of like-minded partners to deliver our universal mandate for children, in line with our Strategic Plan. We work with partners to accelerate progress towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and, together, form a global, rights-based agenda for children that has a strong focus on the most vulnerable.
While the State of Greece remains our chief partner, UNICEF's Country Office in Greece is working closely with national and independent authorities, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations; academia; UN agencies; international financial institutions and the private sector. We nurture and build partnership to achieve wider goals for children, to close equity gaps and to address the most pressing child rights violations across the country.
Below you can find a list of our current and past partners:
Ministry of Education
The Ministry of Education has undertaken an ambitious programme to provide access to formal schools to roughly 12,000 school-age (5-17) refugee children in the country. UNICEF is supporting these efforts by providing interpretation services in schools, training teachers on intercultural education and teaching Greek as a second language and assisting in data collection and analysis to improve national level planning.
Ministry of Migration and Asylum
UNICEF works closely with the MoMA to ensure first line reception facilities are child friendly, and that children in RICs, open accommodation sites, and in select regional asylum service offices have access to basic services and care.
Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs
UNICEF is partnering with Ministry of Labor to strengthen and expand quality care for vulnerable children including unaccompanied and separated children, as well as children livining in institutions, through support to legal and policy reform, developing strategies and rolling out standards, and piloting and supporting the scale up of alternative care.
UNICEF is providing technical assistance to EKKA to strengthen the national referral and placement system for unaccompanied children, to establish a new guardianship system, and to establish and monitor standards of care, and to improve data analysis to inform national planning.
UNICEF in partnership with the General Secretariat as well as its operational arm KETHI, is helping to enhance accessibility of state-run GBV services, strengthen referral pathways and raise awareness about GBV prevention and response with the general public.
Deputy Ombudsperson for Child Rights
Within the mandate of the Greek Ombudsman, and especially that of the Department for Children’s Rights and the Deputy Ombudsperson for Children’s Rights leading the department, UNICEF has supported the Deputy Ombudswoman for Children’s Rights on monitoring the situation of children on the move and gathering evidence for child rights advocacy contributing through increased monitoring missions, preparation of advocacy message and institutionalization of the regular collection and analysis of refugee and migrant children data from statutory bodies.
UNICEF also supported the establishment of a Network for the Rights of Children on the Move, chaired by the Deputy Ombudswoman and consisting of over 20 child protection actors working to deliver services to refugee and migrant children. The Network is a useful source of information to complement the data collected by the Deputy Ombudswoman through monitoring missions with the objective of establishing a long term, comprehensive child rights monitoring mechanism in Greece.
Hellenic Statistical Authority
The Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) is an independent Authority enjoying operational independence, as well as administrative and financial autonomy. It is not subject to the control of governmental bodies or other administrative authority. Its operation is subject to the control of the Hellenic Parliament and governed by the provisions of the Law 3832/2010 «Hellenic Statistical System Establishment of the Hellenic Statistical Authority as an independent Authority».
The Hellenic Statistical Authority pursues its mission by following in all areas the highest European and international standards of statistical practice, as well as by unswervingly observing the rules and responsibilities it is committed to.
Be and remain, beyond any doubt, an independent Statistical Authority, and always function in a way that reflects this very principle
Produce statistics that are useful—relevant—for public policy, the economy, and more broadly the life of the people
Earn and continuously renew the confidence of users of statistics in their credibility and reliability
Obtain and safeguard the confidence of the statistical reporting units—the households, enterprises, and other entities—which provide confidential information for the production of statistical data.
These principles serve as the basis on which the Hellenic Statistical Authority coordinates the functions of the other agencies in the Hellenic Statistical System concerning the development, production and dissemination of the official statistics of Greece.
The Hellenic Statistical Authority also strives for full cooperation with Eurostat and the other Services of the European Commission, as well as with the National Statistical Institutes of the other member states of the European Union, aiming to be a full partner in the workings and evolution of the European Statistical System.