The Mission of UNICEF in the DPRK
UNICEF in the DPRK works for the realization of the rights of children and women, as defined in international human rights instruments, especially the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and relevant national laws. It does so in the context of UNICEF's global mission statement, the goals of the Millennium Summit and the UN General Assembly's Special Session on Children, and the organizational priorities of UNICEF's medium-term strategic plan.
UNICEF's primary concern at the present time in the DPRK is to assure an essential humanitarian safety net for the most vulnerable children and women as a part of the UN's consolidated appeals process. It targets the most basic priorities, ensuring that it makes the most efficient use of its limited resources, generously provided by the international community. It constantly reviews policy and strategy to ensure that this is so. It monitors closely the distribution and use of humanitarian supplies for appropriateness and best end utilization.
UNICEF is also convinced that humanitarian assistance alone cannot provide the solution to the ongoing emergency in the DPRK. It thus engages too in limited development cooperation. Here it prioritizes action to enhance national capacities, review and revise social sector plans and policies, and undertake small-scale projects to provide examples for larger-scale development once greater investment becomes available.
UNICEF works in close collaboration with other members of the United Nations Country Team and of the humanitarian and development community in the DPRK. It provides policy and intellectual leadership for the community in the areas of nutrition, water and sanitation, education and, together with WHO, in health. It is the lead advocate for rights of children and women, providing regular updates on their situation and key information and training to members of the humanitarian and development community.
UNICEF is focused on
the achievement of concrete results. Its medium-term and annual action plans
are based around sets of clearly enunciated measurable and time-bound outputs
and outcomes. Its monitoring and evaluation activities are oriented to the
measurement of these results and to constant review of the efficiency and
effectiveness of strategy and implementation.