Developing policy on child protection Developing knowledge of childhood rights
The UNICEF International Child Development Centre undertakes and promotes policy analysis and applied research. It provides a forum for international professional exchanges of experience. It advocates and disseminates ideas and policies towards achieving the goals of child survival, protection, participation and development. The core programme is currently concentrated in the following three areas: Economic and social policies research for children; Children's rights; Decentralization, participation and local governance.
A close look at the [Convention on the Rights of the Child] suggests that the individual articles lie within five principles: survival, development, protection, provision and participation. The most revolutionary part of the Convention is about participation; because in those articles the child develops from an object (of provision and protection) to a subject, an actor and a citizen.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.