UNICEF Annual Report 2009

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  ANNUAL REPORT 2009  Front cover, main photo:© UNICEF/NYHQ2006-1470/PirozziFront cover, small photos, top let to bottom right:© UNICEF/NYHQ2005-1323/Tkhostova© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-1489/Holt© UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0800/Isaac© UNICEF/NYHQ2009-1841/Markisz Note on source information: Data in this report are drawn rom the most recentavailable statistics rom UNICEF and other UN agencies, annual reports preparedby UNICEF country ofces and the June 2010 UNICEF Executive Director’s AnnualReport to the Executive Board. Note on resources: All amounts unless otherwise specifed are in US dollars. UNICEF’s mission is to: Advocate or the protection o children’s rights, help meet theirbasic needs and expand their opportunities to reach their ullpotential;Mobilize political will and material resources to help countriesensure a ‘frst call or children’ and build their capacity to do so;Respond in emergencies to relieve the suering o children andthose who provide their care;Promote the equal rights o women and girls, and support their ullparticipation in the development o their communities;Work towards the human development goals, and the peace andsocial progress enshrined in the Charter o the United Nations.   UNICEF ANNUAL REPORT 2009 Coerin 1 Januar 2009 trou 31 Deceer 2009 CONTENTS Leading the UN mission for children 2 Celebrating 20 years of advancements in children’s rights 6 Making the best investment in human development: Children 11 Coming together and making the case 19 Unwavering in our commitment to children in crisis 25 Promoting gender equality as a child right 30 Transforming business systems for accountability and results 35  2   UNICEF ANNUAL REPORT 2009 n 2009, celebrations around the world markedthe 20th anniversary o the Convention on theRights o the Child (CRC). Ratied by more na-tions than any other human rights treaty in histo-ry, this landmark international agreement sets orthcommitments to children that have transormed ageneration o policies and programmes. Markedadvances in child survival, development, protectionand participation have been the result.Since its adoption by the General Assemblyo the United Nations, the CRC has guidedUNICEF’s mission or children. The Conventionon the Elimination o All Forms o Discriminationagainst Women (CEDAW) is the other essentialreerence point. As the only UN development andhumanitarian agency wholly dedicated to children– assisting more than 150 countries and territories– UNICEF works closely with national and interna-tional stakeholders to mobilize broad support orthe realization o all children’s rights, as embodiedin these two treaties. The achievement o the Mil-lennium Development Goals (MDGs) is central tothis process.The MDGs encapsulate the basic building blockso human development. They aim to ensure thatyoung children survive and develop through ade-quate health care and nutrition; that quality edu-cation is available to all; that prevention and carelimit the spread o HIV and AIDS; that people canaccess clean water and basic sanitation; and thatpartnerships are orged to advance developmentand benet the lives o children.As the international community approached the10-year review o progress towards the MDGs,advances could be seen through 2009 in reducingchild mortality, increasing the number o childrenin school and expanding supplies o clean water.Progress has been slower or extending sanitationservices to rural areas and reducing the number o women who die in childbirth. Investments in healthcontinue to be ragmented and ineective in partso the world. And there are still gaping disparitiesin progress across and within countries.UNICEF’s human rights approach shines consistentlight on disparities, and it is refected in campaignsto provide immunizations or all children, endpockets o child malnutrition and ensure that qual-ity education starts rom preschool. Collecting andanalysing inormation on the situation o children isa part o these eorts, and UNICEF has become oneo the largest sources o data or measuring MDGprogress and shortalls. Te loal donturn is a callor action The importance o UNICEF’s mission or childrenwas underscored in 2009, as the insidious eectso ood insecurity and the economic downturn LEADINg ThEUN mISSIONFOR ChILDREN I
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