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Wednesday, 05 February 2014

EU and UNICEF boost their partnership

The European Union (EU) and UNICEF met in New York on 04 February 2014 and took the opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved so far and to discuss future cooperation. The EU announced yesterday that it has allocated €320 million ($431 million) through UNICEF to improve the health and nutrition of children and women in 15 developing countries and to help speed progress in meeting the Millennium Development Goals.
Funding will focus on tackling under-nutrition and infectious diseases, which are among the root causes of child mortality.  Multi-year programmes will focus on improving access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, as well as quality medical services, health care and adequate nutrition. The amount represents a 350 per cent increase in development funding from the European Union to UNICEF since 2008.
In total, the European Commission has contributed €845 million to UNICEF in the last seven years across all areas, of which €203.5 million has been spent on education and €52million on child protection projects.  €320 million of this funding have been committed through country-based contracts from the European Development Fund (EDF) to accelerate progress on the specific Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of health, education and nutrition.
The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have worked as strategic partners in the last seven years in a joint mission to help partner countries in the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) to reach the MDGs; specifically those related to child protection, maternal and child health, polio, education and nutrition. They cooperate to improve child and maternal health in the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP) countries and to combat Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage
Between 2008-2012, EuropeAid provided €3.9 million support to UNICEF for the Contributing to the Abandonment of Social Norms Harmful to Girls and Women: A Matter of Gender Equality" Project. Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and child marriage affect the lives of millions of girls every year. Estimates show that up to 125 million girls and women have

Source: European Commission