Country programme of cooperation between the Government of Pakistan and UNICEF 2018-2022

Overview and details regarding the programme

Muskan reads her course book during class
UNICEF/Pakistan/Asad Zaidi


Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges. As soon as children are born, they must overcome neonatal mortality rates that are among the highest in the world. Particularly in rural areas, they often lack access to adequate maternal and child health services, including sanitation. Many children grow up stunted.

Pakistan also has the second highest number of out-of-school children in the world — at least 23 million — disproportionally affecting girls. Those who do learn, often go to schools that are neither safe, nor adequate, depriving them of the right to quality education. Those who live in heart-wrenching poverty are often forced into child labour or early marriage.

But there is hope. Over the past years, Pakistan has made steady progress for children, and the new government has committed to rise up to the challenges.

UNICEF will continue to support the government to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

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