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Public Partnerships


ROMANIA, 2007 - Children jump in a playground in Bucharest, the capital.
© UNICEF/NYHQ2007-2877/Pirozzi

Partnerships are at the heart of everything UNICEF does. The 17 new Sustainable Development Goals are all relevant for children and together constitute a global, rights-based agenda for children, with a focus on the most vulnerable. The power of partnerships allows UNICEF to expand its reach, working with an array of like-minded partners to deliver on this universal agenda for children, aligned with the UNICEF Strategic Plan. The current Strategic Plan for 2014-17 was developed in close consultation with the UNICEF Executive Board Member States and other partners.

UNICEF joins forces with partners to advocate, forge, nurture, set agendas, and leverage support for children’s issues and with children. Several public sector partners (governments, UN agencies, international financial institutions and global programme partnerships) have a catalytic role in areas of UNICEF’s work – for example through initiatives like the Group of Friends for Children and the SDGs or the No Lost Generation-partnership for Syrian children.

UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions and relies heavily on the generosity and commitment of our public-sector partners. UNICEF also partners with other agencies, civil society organizations, private companies, foundations and local communities to reach all children in need and to help amplify their voices. Read more about UNICEF Partnerships in Our story 2014.

In 2014, UNICEF income exceeded US$ 5 billion. This underscores the trust placed in UNICEF by 135 governments as well as other public-sector partners and by an array of private-sector contributors. UNICEF is also exploring several innovative approaches to expand available financing for children.

UNICEF public sector resource partners in 2014:  

A detailed list of resource partners and contributions is available in the annuaCompendium of Resource Partner Contributions.

UNICEF strengthens partnerships through a results-based focus, from proposals to reporting. UNICEF’s open data portal is an effort to consolidate UNICEF’s commitment to transparency with regards to communication with the outside world on where funds come from and how and where UNICEF uses resources to achieve results for children.



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