UNICEF – Chance For Rosi http://chance-for-rosi.org/ Sat, 21 May 2022 02:57:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://chance-for-rosi.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/chance-for-rosi-icon-150x150.png UNICEF – Chance For Rosi http://chance-for-rosi.org/ 32 32 Japan provides $1.5 million for drug procurement in Sri Lanka through UNICEF http://chance-for-rosi.org/japan-provides-1-5-million-for-drug-procurement-in-sri-lanka-through-unicef/ Sat, 21 May 2022 02:57:00 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/japan-provides-1-5-million-for-drug-procurement-in-sri-lanka-through-unicef/

Struggling with severe drug shortages, the Japanese government has offered to help Sri Lanka by providing $1.5 million for essential drugs through UNICEF to meet the urgent needs of the people.

The $1.5 million contribution will help UNICEF provide medicine to more than 1.2 million people, including 53,000 pregnant women and nearly 122,000 children in immediate need, Colombo Page reported.

Japan’s Deputy Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Katsuki Kotaro, said: “It is a great honor for us that Japan is extending $1.5 million in emergency aid to the people of Sri Lanka to procure the 25 types of drugs most needed in the next two months. through UNICEF. We believe this will help improve access to essential life-saving medical services, especially for pregnant women and children, who are most likely to be affected by the economic crisis.

The economic crisis in Sri Lanka has largely affected essential services, in particular the health sector. The Ministry of Health has identified a list of essential medicines that will be out of stock in the next two months, especially for children and pregnant women, according to Colombo Page.

“It’s a race against time given the urgent need for these life-saving medicines for the most vulnerable, especially children and pregnant women. The prompt contribution of the Japanese government is commendable. UNICEF will use its vast expertise to rapidly procure and deliver the medicines to where they are most needed,” said Christian Skoog, UNICEF Representative in Sri Lanka.

The Government of Japan’s contributions are crucial to meeting the growing needs of children, including nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), education and protective services, not only in the immediate but also long-term, as Colombo Page reported.

Currently, Sri Lanka is facing its worst economic crisis since independence with food and fuel shortages, soaring prices and power cuts affecting large numbers of citizens.

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Social protection helps reduce child labor http://chance-for-rosi.org/social-protection-helps-reduce-child-labor/ Wed, 18 May 2022 10:38:25 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/social-protection-helps-reduce-child-labor/
GENEVA (ILO News) – Social protection reduces the poverty and vulnerability of families, thereby reducing the main drivers of child labour, according to a new report by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Fund for childhood (UNICEF).

The role of social protection in eliminating child labour: review of the evidence and policy implicationspresents evidence from a number of studies conducted since 2010 that show how social protection – by helping families cope with economic or health shocks – reduces child labor and facilitates schooling.

However, too little progress has been made in ensuring that all children enjoy social protection, the study says. Worldwide, 73.6%, or some 1.5 billion children aged 0 to 14, do not receive any family or family cash benefits. This large protection gap needs to be closed and closed quickly, the report says.

“There are many reasons to invest in universal social protection, but eliminating child labor must be one of the most compelling, given its pernicious impact on the rights and well-being of children,” said Guy Ryder, Director-General of the ILO.

Governments have a range of policies they can deploy to promote social protection. Unless policymakers act decisively, the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing conflicts, rising poverty and climate change will only increase the prevalence of child labor, the study finds.

More than 160 million children worldwide – 1 in 10 children between the ages of 5 and 17 – are still engaged in child labor, and progress has stalled since 2016. These trends were present even before the global crisis. COVID-19. It is estimated that without mitigation strategies, the number of children in child labor could increase by 8.9 million by the end of 2022, due to increased poverty and vulnerability.

There are many reasons to invest in universal social protection, but eliminating child labor has to be one of the most compelling.”

Guy Ryder, ILO Director General

In order to strengthen social protection systems for the prevention and elimination of child labour, the report makes a number of recommendations:

  • Closing the gap in social protection coverage for children. This means prioritizing child benefits and extending social protection to the two billion workers in the informal economy, supporting their transition from the informal to the formal economy.
  • Building integrated social protection systems. Reducing child labor will be easier if countries have a social protection system that provides adequate benefits throughout the life cyclefrom family, maternity and unemployment benefits to old-age pensions and health protection.
  • Ensure that the design of social protection programs is inclusive and sensitive to child labor. This will help maximize the reduction of child labor and requires:
    • Introduce child and family benefits that reach all households with children, especially those in situations of greatest vulnerability.
    • Make it easier for carers to access their social protection benefits by simplifying registration procedures and offering different benefit payment mechanisms
    • Complement social protection programs with increased investment in quality universal basic education and other vital social services for children.
  • Build on the strong political commitment that already exists to end child labor and establish universal social protection to build consensus for action. The sustainable development agenda and the strong consensus reached by the International Labor Conference in 2021, as well as the outcomes of the Durban conference on child labour, can help coordinate international initiatives.
  • Promote investment in social protection systems as a driver of development. Almost all countries have the potential to mobilize domestic resources to invest incrementally in strengthening their social protection systems for children,
Nottingham bids to be recognized as a UNICEF ‘Child Friendly City’ in the UK http://chance-for-rosi.org/nottingham-bids-to-be-recognized-as-a-unicef-child-friendly-city-in-the-uk/ Mon, 16 May 2022 10:45:14 +0000 http://chance-for-rosi.org/nottingham-bids-to-be-recognized-as-a-unicef-child-friendly-city-in-the-uk/

Nottingham has taken the first step on a journey in conjunction with children’s charity UNICEF UK towards international recognition as a child-friendly city.

The ambitious three-to-five-year partnership, made possible with funding from the National Lottery Community Fund’s Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC) program, will see councilors, council staff and local organizations ensure that children and young people help shape and guide decisions. that affect them.

As stated in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, local children will have their views heard and taken seriously. They will have a say in Council decisions – from major policies to the care they receive – as well as the opportunity to help design services and spaces.

This will be achieved through an advisory group where children and young people will represent their peers and meet regularly with Councilor Cheryl Barnard, portfolio holder for children, young people and schools.

In practice, being recognized as a UNICEF Child Friendly City in the UK means that children’s rights become part of public policies, programs and decisions.

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These can be municipal plans or the activities of other city stakeholders such as civil society organizations, the private sector, academia and the media.

To enable this discussion to take place, children and young people are asked which areas, or ‘badges’, they think should be prioritized. The UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK) has three mandatory badges – Communication, Cooperation and Leadership, and Culture. Three others will be chosen from:

  • Safe and secure
  • Flourishing
  • Education and learning
  • Participant
  • Innovation
  • Child-friendly services
  • Equal and included
  • In good health
  • Family and Belonging
  • Place

Conversations have already begun and will continue over the coming months. This is done through surveys and consultation events in schools, colleges, youth clubs, as well as working with parents and guardians to collect the voices of under-fives.

Councilor Barnard said: “We are so lucky to have fantastic children and young people in Nottingham and we want to hear their thoughts on how they want their city to be shaped, now and in the future.

“For a number of years now, we have had tremendous engagement through groups like the Youth Cabinet and the Council for Children in Care, as well as through our quarterly sessions of the Primary Parliament. This project aims to broaden the reach so that we can hear from even more young people.

“It’s really important that they feel part of the process as the Council and its partners make the decisions that will impact them over the next few years.

The Council will need to show evidence of sustainable progress across all six badges to be recognized as a UNICEF Child Friendly City in the UK.

This will be closely monitored by an independent panel of experts in human rights, child welfare and public services, as well as an advisory board of local children and young people.

If recognized as a UNICEF Child-Friendly City in the UK, Nottingham will join cities and communities in nearly 50 countries participating in this global programme.

Naomi Danquah, Director of the Child-Friendly Cities and Communities Program at UNICEF UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Nottingham City Council to the programme.

“This partnership represents a bold commitment by the authority and partners to put children’s rights at the heart of everything they do – from the first conversations about spaces and services in Nottingham, to the day-to-day running of these services. .

“We are delighted to see this partnership making a real and lasting difference in the lives of children in Nottingham.”

Karla Capstick, SSBC Program Director, said: “We are delighted to partner with Nottingham City Council and UNICEF UK to support Nottingham’s journey to becoming a child-friendly city.

“This is an exciting initiative that will make a real difference for children and young people and is a key part of the SSBC legacy that will embed co-production and participation through rights-based practices across the city.”

Anyone interested in more information about the project can visit the website here or contact Nottingham Child Friendly City Manager Eky Ghansah at ekua.ghansah@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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