What we do

We support government & non-governmental partners to promote & fulfill the rights of children. #foreverychild

UNICEF Jamaica/2018/Ross Sheil

At UNICEF Jamaica, we are a small team dedicated to one big goal: to help fulfill the rights of every child. We work towards this by partnering with the government, non-governmental organizations and change-makers in civil society to influence and improve laws, policies, programmes and services for children.

We are in a unique position to collaborate with everyone from the most impassioned advocates and service providers who work up close with children and their families, to the country’s elected leaders who work at the policy and legislative level on their behalf. And most importantly, with children and adolescents – engaging them on the issues that affect their lives.

Focusing our attention on the most vulnerable children, we have four priority areas in our current country programme (2017-2021): safety and justice, health promotion, lifelong learning and social protection.

Everything we do is guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Jamaica ratified in 1991. Our work is also informed by and contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the regional goals of the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Framework and Jamaica’s development priorities, as outlined in Vision 2030.