UNICEF public partner
The Government of Canada is a strong partner of UNICEF and children. This strong bond, centered around improving the lives of children across the globe, has proven instrumental in addressing challenges, particularly the inequities faced by women and girls. With Canada standing as UNICEF’s third-largest government partner in 2022, this commitment is well-evident, as is their increased funding totalling a substantial USD 263 million.
Canada's partnership with UNICEF concentrates on addressing number of vulnerabilities faced by children and delivering interventions both in development and emergency contexts. Specific targeted areas include promoting and protecting women's and girls' human rights, fostering their participation in decision-making processes, and ensuring their equitable access to control resources for socio-economic equality. Furthermore, regions such as West and Central Africa, the Middle East and North Africa have particularly benefited from this partnership, highlighting Canada's ongoing commitment to supporting Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and fragile states.
The collaboration between UNICEF and Canada is facilitated predominantly through Global Affairs Canada (GAC). GAC embodies Canada's dedication to its Feminist International Assistance Policy, ensuring that at least 95% of Canada's bilateral international development initiatives target and integrate gender equality. Besides, Canada has championed the efficient use of earmarked funding through multilateral channels, with significant focus areas including humanitarian assistance, global health, and refugees. Furthermore, Canada has been an advocate for more streamlined and effective coordination amongst different actors at both headquarters and ground level.
During humanitarian crises, Canada's partnership with UNICEF has been instrumental. Canada's commitment to multi-year and unearmarked funding has provided the much-needed flexibility to respond to emergencies effectively. This financial commitment, coupled with the shared strategic goals, makes our partnership with Canada a critical force in driving progress for children, especially during challenging times. Through this partnership, we remain confident in our ability to achieve our common objectives and create a better world for every child.
2022 contributions to UNICEF
Core Resources for Results: US$12 million
Other Resources (regular): US$196 million
Other Resources (emergency): US$55 million
Total: US$263 million