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UNICEF

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 27 January 2010

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the new UNICEF Strategy will benefit children living or working on the street. [HL769]

The Department for International Development’s (DfID’s) new three-year institutional strategy with UNICEF supports the implementation of UNICEF’s own medium-term strategic plan. We want to support UNICEF’s work for all vulnerable children including street children. UNICEF’s plan includes work on the protection of children from violence, exploitation and abuse. This includes collecting and analysing data to improve understanding of the conditions of marginalised and vulnerable groups, and also work to ensure the views of children are captured in the policies and programmes that affect their lives.

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To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recommendations by non-governmental organisations and the International Development Committee that specific street children indicators should be adopted in the new UNICEF strategy; and what representations they made to UNICEF about the recommendations. [HL770]

The Department for International Development (DfID) is committed to reducing child poverty and reaching particularly vulnerable groups of children.

In developing our new institutional strategy with UNICEF, our concern was to support UNICEF’s work for all vulnerable children, including street children. DfID does not have a specific policy focus on street children above other vulnerable children. Children usually live on the streets because of poverty in their communities and therefore our priority is reducing child poverty.

Our approach is to draw on UN agencies’ own targets and commitments wherever possible. UNICEF does not have a specific target in its strategic plan on street children. However, our UNICEF strategy target on vulnerable children provides an opportunity to raise street children in our policy discussions with UNICEF.