We advocate to shape better policies and practices for children.
We mobilise political will and material resources for the survival, protection and development of children.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child is the foundation of all our advocacy work as is the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
In New Zealand we bring children's issues to the attention of politicians and the public. We lobby for improvements to policies and practices for children.
We also advocate for the NZ Government to champion the rights of children in international negotiations. For example we believe that sustainable development starts with safe, healthy and well-educated children. That's why we are paying close attention to the Sustainable Development Goals and New Zealand's aid programme in the Pacific.
As well as working with governments and key decision makers to bring about change, we offer ways for New Zealanders to take action to shape better policies and practices for children. To find out more about getting involved see our Take Action page and sign up for our Campaigners for Change email newsletter.
UNICEF publishes findings from its emergency and
development work and conducts research into the situation of children
worldwide. We are active members of civil
society and work in partnership with government, NGOs and community
All children have a right to be heard and we actively seek to give children and young people a voice in public debates. Check out our Youth in Action programme under the Participate tab for more information.