What we do
Find out more about UNICEF’s work in Greece.
As jointly announced on 20 November 2020, the Greek state and UNICEF mutually agreed to the establishment of a formal presence in the country. This confers the full mandate of UNICEF to Greece, which is to provide assistance to member states to fulfil their obligations to children under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), which Greece ratified in 1993.
As such, the UNICEF Greece Country Office is expanding its support to all state institutions that have a role in ensuring all two million children in the country can fully enjoy their rights.
To date, UNICEF is engaging with counterparts including the ministries of Labor and Social Affairs, Education, Migration, Justice, Interior, Development and Investments, on issues including foster care and deinstitutionalization, inclusive education, youth skills and employability, as well as exploring options to ensure the availability of increased financing for children in the years ahead.
The scope of the UNICEF Greece Country Office initially covers the following topics:
- addressing child poverty, child obesity and child mortality;
- inclusion of children with disabilities in all aspects of society and education;
- promoting alternative community-based forms of care such as foster care, de-institutionalization and supported independent living;
- protection and education of refugee and migrant children;
- the effective participation and inclusion of children and young people in decision-making processes.
Further activities will cover issues of violence in schools, child cyber bullying, the creation of child-friendly cities, etc.