UNICEF and Interpeace partnership

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children's lives, to defend their rights, and to help them fulfil their potential, from early childhood through adolescence. In 2016, 535 million children – nearly a quarter of the world’s children – lived in countries affected by armed conflict, violence, and/or protracted crisis.

UNICEF recognizes that lasting contributions towards children’s rights requires addressing root causes of fragility, conflict and violence rather than merely responding to their consequences. To ensure that UNICEF investments and results are sustained in these contexts, it is imperative to move beyond service provision and humanitarian response and strategically invest in peacebuilding and sustaining peace interventions – including for violence and conflict prevention. As a result, UNICEF has committed to playing a more active role in the UN’s work on sustaining peace.