What is the EU/UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit?

What is the EU/UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit?


Child right matter to development because you focus on the most critical
periods in the development of a human being. Children make up more than
half of the population in most developing countries. The change that we see in children’s
lives by investing in their lives today is fast and visible. And only if we really
embed a long-term view into development
cooperation, we can break the cycle of poverty, we can break the
cycle of violence. The EU/UNICEF Child Rights Toolkit is providing practical guidance on how
children’s rights can be integrated in development cooperation, at all stages of the programming cycle,
and in many different fields. Whether that is designing transport,
school buildings health reforms, the Toolkit is intended
to especially highlight cross-sectoral ways of achieving children’s rights. Many times
we are stuck in our sectoral silos. We’re working on education. We’re
working on transportation. We’re working on agriculture. And we don’t connect the dots, and the Toolkit helps us to
figure out how to do that practically. This Child Rights Toolkit was developed to
provide to the non-expert the basic tools they need to actually
team up with stakeholders at country level, government, civil society, parliamentarians to promote the realization of children’s rights all over the world. The Toolkist will allow us to design programmes, which really will look at the roots of the problem and see different elements, which can
contribute to the solution. This year is particularly critical as we are
now programming our future seven years cooperation and
development programmes in the countries. What is important for us is that we take the children’s rights dimension into our programme. These tools will allow my colleagues in
all delegations around the world to integrate child rights directly in the planning of the next cooperation activities, and this will make those programmes more
effective. There is a lot that UNICEF and the EU have in common. We have a shared agenda, and as a result of this, we have been working closely, in partnership, trying to advance and
trying to find us opportunities where a partnership can make a difference and
can really bring out the strengths that we each have. I think
it would be one of the best tools to promote the protection of child rights around the world.

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