Save the Children and Unicef sign a four-year memorandum

Tuesday 10 December 2013

Kathmandu, 3rd December 2013:  UNICEF and Save the Children in Nepal signed a four-year Memorandum of Understanding in Kathmandu today committing to working more closely together on programs, projects and advocacy of mutual interest. 

Save the Children and UNICEF have been working in Nepal to advance children's rights to survival, protection, development and participation, and are guided by the United Nations Convention on Rights of the Child (CRC). The memorandum of understanding between the two agencies will further support and promote the realisation of children’s rights in Nepal.

"We have been encouraged with the positive developments in Nepal with regard to child rights and the implementation of the CRC" David Wright, Country Director, Save the Children. "The positive political development in the constitution drafting process is very encouraging too, and we can and should do more to complement each other’s efforts and those of the government to achieve real and lasting impact for children in the country” he said.

In the four year agreement signed today, Save the Children and UNICEF will conduct joint advocacy initiatives and campaigns to promote and defend children’s rights and increase collaboration during emergencies.  The agencies will undertake initiatives to help strengthen national institutions and structures leading to Nepal bridging the gap between its international commitments and reality. The two agencies will also work with civil society groups and networks to promote, fulfill, defend, and monitor the rights of children in Nepal.

“The reality of the many issues facing Nepali children requires real cooperation between multiple partners,” said Ms. Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Representative to Nepal. “This partnership is part of a necessary Grand Alliance between international agencies, government, local institutions and communities and children themselves.  It is through these partnerships that we will create spaces and opportunities to strengthen children’s rights to participation in an appropriate manner.”