The European Union
UNICEF public-sector partner
UNICEF partners with several institutions and bodies within the European Union (EU) ─ including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European External Action Service and the European Council.
Our extensive collaboration spans various areas, like birth registration; child marriage; child protection; education; health; nutrition; polio immunization; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); and cash transfers ─ both in development and emergency settings.
The European Commission is a long-standing and strategic partner to UNICEF. As our fifth largest resource partner in 2019, the European Commission provided essential support in 65 countries, reaching some of the most disadvantaged children in the hardest-to-reach territories.
Together, we provided quality education for more than 500,000 children in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey; improved service delivery and contributed to the well-being of Rohingya refugee children in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh; and helped fight malnutrition in the Sahel region of western Africa. We've also worked to strengthen universal birth registration in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Uganda and Zambia.
In 2019, the EU and UNICEF joined forces to strengthen the monitoring and implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the Commission to create a comprehensive child rights strategy with a dedicated budget and child marker.
Together with the Group of Latin American and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) and Members of the Group of Friends of Children and the SDGs, the EU led Protect Our Children, an initiative to support the UN Secretary-General’s call for countries to prioritize children’s education, food, health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Within the European Commission, UNICEF works with various bodies, including the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG ECHO). UNICEF is DG ECHO's single largest partner for interventions related to nutrition and education in emergencies.
2019 contributions to UNICEF
Other Resources (regular): US$224 million
Other Resources (emergency): US$157 million
Total: US$381 million