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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Joint Statement on Child-Sensitive Social Protection

In recent years, social protection has emerged as a major new focus in efforts to reduce poverty around the world. Social protection is generally understood as a set of public actions that address poverty, vulnerability and exclusion as well as provide means to cope with risks throughout the life cycle. Investing in social protection not only supports progress towards a range of Millennium Development Goals, it has the potential to reduce poor people's vulnerabilities to global challenges such as aggregate economic shocks, instability in the price of food or other essential commodities, and climate change. Many societies recognize that such provision can also contribute to social cohesion and broader national socio-economic development and security.

In the current economic and financial crisis, social protection strategies will be a crucial element in effective policy responses. Child sensitive social protection systems mitigate the effects of poverty on families, strengthen families in their child care role, and enhance access to basic services for the poorest and most marginalized, including at-risk children living outside family care. UNICEF works together with a large number of partners - central and local governments, civil society organizations, the private sector and international agencies - for enhancing crisis support and making social protection more child, age and gender-sensitive in all major regions of operation.  Download the Joint Statement in English, French and Spanish.

The statement is an open one, for information on joining the signatories and supporting the statement please contact jyablonski@unicef.org, or visit the partner websites outlined below.

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Read the Joint Statement on Child-Sensitive Social Protection in English and French.

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