Putting children at the heart of the political and social agenda in Ireland.
UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, everywhere, in all situations.
In Ireland, we support Government’s efforts to create policies that are in the best interest of children and young people. We hold the Irish Government accountable for its responsibility to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and bring issues in the lives of children and young people to the attention of policy-makers in order to drive changes they want to see.
In particular, our equity strategy focuses on the most vulnerable and excluded children. By focusing on the most disadvantaged children, their families and communities, we can accelerate our progress towards fulfilment of the rights of all children and reduces disparities.
UNICEF works closely with government to build political support and capacity to implement children’s rights.
We encourage the Irish government to prioritise support for the most vulnerable children and leverage their participation to ensure their voices are heard by policy-makers.
In 1992, the Government of Ireland ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child (UNCRC), the world’s most widely ratified human rights treaty. They committed to ensuring that every child in Ireland has access to their full rights which UNICEF Ireland holds the government to account on.
By protecting and promoting the UNCRC, we aim to build a society where the rights of every child are secured, guaranteeing them the opportunity to live a full, fair and healthy life.
In order to advocate for the rights of children, we need to understand their daily realities. By engaging with children and youth to understand their everyday experiences in their homes, schools and communities, we are building a picture of the challenges they face.
Children’s voices, choices and participation are critical for building a better future. Children and youth in Ireland speak out on their vision for the future – as their partners, our role is to empower them to achieve that.
Children have a right to participate and UNICEF ensures that youth are listened to by governments, decision-makers and influences, the wider community and their peers. By bringing their issues to the attention of policy-makers, we strive to bring about the changes that children and youth want to see.