United Nations Children’s Fund
UNICEF is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.
We believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. We believe that we can, together, advance the cause of humanity.
We advocate for measures to give children the best start in life, because proper care at the youngest age forms the strongest foundation for a person’s future.
We promote girls’ education – ensuring that they complete primary education as a minimum – because it benefits all children, both girls and boys. Girls who are educated grow up to become better thinkers, better citizens, and better parents to their own children.
We act so that all children are immunized against common childhood diseases, and are well nourished, because it is wrong for a child to suffer or die from a preventable illness.
Adolescents are an ignored age group. En route to adult hood, developing the personalities and interests they will hold for the rest of their lives, adolescence is a time of upmost importance. Despite their age, adolescence are privy to human rights abuses ranging from child marriage, illegal labor, to armed conflict, and restriction of freedom of speech. Much of these issues funnel into a larger issue, lack of adolescent political empowerment. The ability of adolescents to engage and develop an understanding of politics has diminished in recent years, replaced with political apathy and fear. The lack of infrastructure within states leaves adolescents without a forum to express their issues, and an inability to engage with the larger political community. UNICEF will discuss the necessity of adolescent political empowerment and both the long and short term benefits of this empowerment. UNICEF will also strive to identify and implement unique measures which will bridge the gap between adolescents and politics worldwide.
Urbanization and Education
By 2050, it has been projected that seventy per cent of the world’s population will be residing in an urban area. The unparalleled growth of cities makes urbanization one of the most pressing international issues. With urbanization comes large waves of immigration, prosperity and technological advancement. Unfortunately forgotten is the strain on educational resources, increased stigma, and socio-economic disparity that bar many children from obtaining education. The diversity and ever changing nature of urbanization leaves education vulnerable. In UNICEF, we will strive to identify how urbanization impacts education, and how, as a committee, we can alleviate these issues.