Damascus, SANA – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) was founded on Dec.11, 1946 with the aim of helping children who suffer from hunger, poverty and diseases, and contributing to resolving these problems as they constitute an egregious violation of children’s basic rights.
By the passage of time, the UNICEF extended its humanitarian mission to include other sectors such as education, family, nutrition and health which became among its work priorities.
In 1965, the UNICEF was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for “fulfilling the condition of Nobel’s will, the promotion of brotherhood among the nations” and emerging on the world stage as a “a peace-factor of great importance.”
Cooperation with the UNICEF in Syria, on the level of the government mainly and the NGOs to a considerable extent, has been in full swing with special attention given to children-related issues in various fields.
The Syrian Commission for Family Affairs (SCFA) assumes the responsibility of following up on the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, monitoring the situation of children and identifying obstacles facing them through coordination with governmental bodies, NGOs and civil associations operating in the country.
Since the breakout of the crisis in Syria, the SCFA has worked hard to provide assistance to the Syrian families across the country, particularly in terms of delivering relief supplies and in-kind assistance to the displaced and terrorism-affected people at the makeshift centers or elsewhere.
Moreover, the SCFA, in collaboration with the UNICEF and NGOs, has managed to gain access to the majority of terrorism-stricken cities and areas and provided basic needs to the residents.
In October 2014, the UNICEF resident representative in Syria Hanaa Sinjer stressed the deep relations between the organization and the Syrian government and expressed the UNICEF intention to increase the volume of humanitarian aid and services provided to children in Syria.
She praised the Syrian government’s role in facilitating the delivery of aid to all children across the country.
The UNICEF is part of the Global Movement for Children– a broad coalition dedicated to improving the life of every child. Through this movement, and events such as the United Nations Special Session on Children, the organization encourages young people to speak out and participate in the decisions that affect their lives. It has more than 7000 people working in 155 countries around the world.
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