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Core Commitments

for Children

are the core UNICEF policy and framework for humanitarian action


Acronyms & Abbreviations Commonly Used in UNICEF and the Wider UN


A & J


AAP - Accountability for Affected Populations
ACABQ - Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions
ACLs - accelerated learning centres
AD - Auto-Destruct Syringe
ADB - Asian Development Bank
AfDB - African Development Bank
AIDS - Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
AMP - Annual Management Plan

ANSA - Armed Non-State Actor(s)
APEC - Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
ART - Antiretroviral Treatment
ARV - Antiretroviral
ASEAN - Association of Southeast Asian Nations
ASG - Assistant Secretary-General
AWP - Annual Work Plan


BAB - Board Approved Budget
BCA - Basic Cooperation Agreement
BCC - Behaviour Change Communication
BCG - Bacille Calmette-Guérin (Tuberculosis Vaccine)
BCP - Business Continuity Plan
BEmONC - Basic Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care
BIR - Business Information Reporting
BPHS - Basic Package of Health Services
BRAC - Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee


C4D - Communication for Development
CAG - Cash Assistance to Government
CAP - Consolidated Appeals Process
CAPO - Child Affairs Police Officer
CEP - Costed Evaluation Plan
CARICOM - Caribbean Community
CBA - Community Based Approaches
CBE - Community Based Education
CBF - Common Budgetary Framework
CBO - Community-based organization
CCA - Common Country Assessment
CCC - Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action
CCSA - Committee for Co-ordination of Statistical Activities
CCS-UN - the Committee of Chief Statisticians of the UN
CEAP - Corporate Emergency Activation Procedure
CEB - UN System Chief Executive Board for Coordination OR Chief Executives Board
CEDAW - Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
CELAC - Community of Latin American and Caribbean States
CEMAC - Central African Economic and Monetary Community
CEN-SAD - Community of Sahelo-Saharan States
CEPGL - Economic Community of the Great Lakes Countries
CERD - International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
CERF - Central Emergency Relief Fund
CFAF - Communauté Financière Africaine
CFM - Complaints and Feedback Mechanism
CFS - child-friendly school
CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
CHAP - Common Humanitarian Action Plan
CHW - Community Health Worker
CIS - Commonwealth of Independent States
CIT - Country In Transition
CLTS - Community-Led Total Sanitation
CMAM - community-based management of acute malnutrition
CMC - Community Management Committee
CMS - Central Medical Stores
CMT - Country Management Team
CO - Country Office
COAR - Country Office Annual Report                                             
CoP - Community of Practice
CP - Country Programme of Cooperation OR Child Protection
CPAN - Child Protection Action Network
CPAP - Country Programme Action Plan
CPD - Country Programme Document
CPE - Country Programme Evaluation
CPiE - Child Protection in Emergencies
CPMP - Country Programme Management Plan
CRC - Convention on the Rights of the Child
CRC - Contract Review Committee
CRPD - Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
CSG - Child Safeguarding
CSO - Civil Society Organisation
CSP - Civil Society Partnerships
CwD - Children with Disabilities


DAPM - Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring
DANIDA - Danish International Development Agency
DaO - Delivering as One​​​​​​​
DC - District Council
DCT - Direct Cash Transfers
DDI - Data Documentation Initiative
DFAM - Division of Financial and Administrative Management
DFATD - Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada
DHR - Division of Human Resources
DHS - Domestic Household Survey
DIMCI - Distant-learning Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses
DOC - Division of Communication
DRC - Democratic Republic of Congo
DRD - Deputy Regional Director
DRR - Disaster Risk Reduction
DSPL - DataSet Publishing Language
DTP - Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccine


EAPR - East Asia and Pacific Region
EAPRO - East Asia and Pacific Regional Office
EAR - Emergency Appeal Reference
EBRD - European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ECA - Economic Commission for Africa
ECAR - Europe and Central Asia Region
ECARO - Europe and Central Asia Regional Office
ECCAS - Economic Community of Central African States
ECD - Early Childhood Development
ECE - Economic Commission for Europe OR Early Childhood Education
ECHO - European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department​​​​​​​
ECLAC - Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
ECM - Enterprise Content Management
ECOWAS - Economic Community of West African States
ECW - Education Cannot Wait
EEFO - Earliest-Expiry-First-Out
EFA - Education for All
EFPs - Essential Family Practices
EFTA - European Free Trade Association
EIA - Environmental Impact Assessment
EiE - Education in Emergencies
EISI​​​​​​​ - Evidence Information Systems Integration
eLMIS - Electronic Logistics Management Information System
EMIS - Education Management Information System
EmONC - Emergency Obstetric and New-born Care
EMOPS - Office of Emergency Programmes
eMTCT - Elimination of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV
EOI - Expressions of Interest
EPF - Emergency Programme Fund
EPI - Expanded Programme on Immunization
EPRP - Emergency preparedness response plan
ERM - Enterprise Risk Management
ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning
ESCAP - Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
ESCWA - Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
ESP - Education Sector Plan
ESA - Education Sector Analysis
ESAR - Eastern and Southern African Region
ESARO - Eastern and Southern African Regional Office
EVM - Effective Vaccine Management
EVMA - Effective Vaccine Management Assessment
EVSA - Effective Vaccine Store Assessment
EWEA - Early Warning Early Action


FACE - Funding Authorization and Certificate of Expenditure
FAM - Financial Assurance Module
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
FC - Funds Commitment
FDI - Foreign direct investment
FGM/C - Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting
FGD - Focus Group Discussion
FI - Food Item
FIC - Fully Immunized Child
FICSA - Federation of International Civil Servants’ Associations


GAP - Gender Action Plan (2018-2021)
GAVI - Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization
GBV - Gender-based violence
GDP - Gross domestic product
GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation (EU)
GEM - Gender Equality Marker
GHD - Girls’ Holistic Development (The Grandmother Project)
GIS - Geographical Information Systems
GM - Growth Monitoring
GMP - Growth Monitoring and Promotion
GMT - Global Management Team
GNI - Gross National Income
GNP - gross national product
GPE - Global Partnership for Education
GS - General Service (staff member)
GSBPM - Generic Statistical Business Process Model



H&N - Health and Nutrition
H1N1 - Influenza A virus
H5N1 - Avian Influenza virus
HAC - Humanitarian Action for Children
HACT - Harmonised Approach to Cash Transfers
HAR - Humanitarian Action Report
HBF - Health Basket Fund
HC - Humanitarian Coordinator
HCT - Humanitarian Country Team
HepB - Hepatitis B vaccine
Hib - Haemophilus influenza b
HIV - Human Immunodeficiency Virus
HLCM - High Level Committee on Management​​​​​​​ (UNSCEB)
HLCP - High Level Committee on Programmes (UNSCEB)
HPM - Humanitarian Performance Monitoring
HPV - Human Papilloma Virus
HRBAP - human rights-based approach to programming
HRH - Human Resources for Health
HRP - Humanitarian Response Plan
HSS - Health Systems Strengthening
HSSP - Health Sector Strategic Plan


IADB - Inter-American Development Bank
IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency
IAEG-SDGs - Inter-Agency and Experts Group on monitoring the SDGs
IASC - Inter-agency Standing Committee
IB - Integrated Budget
IBR - Integrated budget review
IBRD - International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization
ICCPR - International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
ICE - Itemized Cost Estimate
ICESCR - International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
ICRC - International Committee of the Red Cross
ICSC - International Civil Service Commission
ICT - Information and communications technology
IDA - International Development Association
IDB - Inter-American Development Bank (also IADB)
IDP - Internally Displaced Person
IEC - Information, Education and Communication
IFAD - International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFC - International Finance Corporation
IFI - International Financial Institution
IHL - International Humanitarian Law
IHR - International Human Rights
ILO - International Labour Organization
ILR - Ice-lined refrigerator
IMAM - Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition
IMCI - Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses
IMERP - Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
IMF - International Monetary Fund
IMIS - Integrated Management Information System
IMO - International Maritime Organization
IMR - Infant Mortality Rate
INEE - Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies
Infoterra - Global Environmental Information Exchange Network [UNEP]
INSTRAW - International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women
IOM - International Organization for Migration
IP - Implementing Partner OR International Professional (staff member)
IPC - Infection Prevention and Control
IPSAS - International Public Sector Accounting Standards
IPU - Inter-Parliamentary Union
IsDB - Islamic Development Bank
ITB - Invitation to bid
ITC - International Trade Centre
ITU - International Telecommunication Union
IYCF - Infant and young child feeding



JCC - Joint Consultative Committee
JICA - Japan International Cooperation Agency
JIU - Joint Inspection Unit
JMP - Joint Monitoring Programme
JPO - Junior Professional Officer


KAPB - Knowledge Attitude Practice and Behaviour
KII - Key Informant Interviews
KM - Knowledge Management
KOICA - Korea International Cooperation Agency
KPI - Key Performance Indicator
KRA - Key Result Area


LACR - Latin America and Caribbean Region
LACRO - Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office
LAS - League of Arab States
LEG - local Education Group
LGAs - Local Government Authorities

LHD - Linking Humanitarian and Development programming
LMICs - Low and Middle Income Countries
LTA - long term agreement


M&E - Monitoring and Evaluation
MENA - Middle East and North Africa Region
MENARO - Middle East and North Africa Regional Office
MCP - Multi Country Programme
MCV - measles-containing vaccine
MDAs - Ministerial Department Agencies
MDGs - Millennium Development Goals
MDTF - Multi-Donor Trust Fund
MHPSS - Mental health and psychosocial support
MICS - Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey
MIRA - Multi-Cluster Initial Rapid Assessment
MMR - Maternal Mortality Ratio
MNCH - Maternal, newborn and child health
MNT - Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
MoE - Ministry of Education
MOH - Ministry of Health
MoRES - Monitoring Results for Equity Systems
MOSS - Minimum Operational Security Standards
MoU - Memorandum of understanding
MPDSR - Maternal and Perinatal Death Surveillance and Response
MR - Measles and Rubella
MTMR - Mid-Term Management Review
MTR - Mid-Term Review
MTSP - Medium-term strategic plan
MUAC - mid-upper-arm circumference


NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization
NCDs - non-communicable diseases
NCHS - National Child Health Statistics
NEPAD - New Partnership for Africa's Development
NFE - Non-formal education
NFI - Non-Food Item
NGO - Non-governmental organization
NPO - National Professional Officer
NRA - National Regulatory Agency
NSAs - Non-State Actors
NSE - Non-State Entity
NSO - National Statistical Office
NTDs - Neglected Tropical Diseases
NUVI - New and underutilized vaccines
NYHQ - New York Headquarters (UNICEF)


OAS - Organization of American States
OAU - Organization of African Unity (now African Union)
OCHA - The UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
ODA - Official Development Assistance
OECD - Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
OECD-DAC - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development – Development Assistance Committee
OECS - Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States
OHCHR - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
OIAI - Office of Internal Audit and Investigations
OIC - Organization of Islamic Cooperation (formerly Organization of the Islamic Conference)
OIF - International Organization of la Francophonie
OIOS - Office of Internal Oversight Services
OMP - Office Management Plan
OoR - Office of Research
OOSC - Out-of-school children
OPCW - Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
OPEC - Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries
OPV - Oral Polio Vaccine
OR - Other Resources
ORE - Other Resources Emergency
ORR - Other Resources Regular
ORS - Oral Rehydration Salts
OSCE - Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
OSEB - Office of the Secretariat of the Executive Board (UNICEF)


PAHO - Pan American Health Organization
PAR - Participatory Action Research
PBA - Programme Budget Allotment
PBR - Programme and Budget Review
PCA - Programme Cooperation Agreement
PCV - Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
PD - Programme Division​​​​​​​ OR Programme Document
PER -​​​​​​​ Performance Evaluation Report
PFP - Private Fundraising and Partnerships (UNICEF Geneva)
PHC - Primary Health Care
PIDB - Programme Information Database
PIMAS - Programme Information Management and Administrative Services
PME - Planning monitoring and evaluation
PMP - Partnership Management Portal
PMTCT - Prevention of mother-to-child transmission
PPD - Public Partnerships Division (UNICEF HQ)
PPP - Purchasing Power Parity
PPPX - Programme Policy and Procedure Site (this Site)
PQS - Product Quality Standards
PRA - Participatory Rapid Assessment
PRC - Partnership Review Committee
PRP - Partner Reporting Portal
PRS(P) - Poverty Reduction Strategy (Paper)
PSEA - Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
PSFR - Program specific funding requirement OR Private Sector Fundraising
PSS - Psychosocial Support


QCPR - Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review


RAM - Results Assessment Module
RBB - Results-Based Budgeting
RC - Resident Coordinator
RCT - Randomized Control Trial
RCCE - Risk Communication and Community Engagement
RD - Regional Director
RFP - request For Proposal
RFQ - Request For Quotation
RMNCH - Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
RMT - Regional Management Team
RO - Regional Office
ROAR - regional office annual report
ROSA - Regional Office of South Asia
RR - Regular Resources
RRF - Results and Resources Framework RWP - rolling work plan
RUTF - Ready-to-use Therapeutic Foods


SAARC - South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
SADC - Southern African Development Community
SAI - Supreme Audit Institution
SAM - Severe acute malnutrition
SAR - South Asia Region
SARS - Severe acute respiratory syndrome
SD - Supply Division
SDGs - Sustainable Development Goals
SDMX - Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange
SEA - Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
SIC - Specific Intervention Codes
SITAN - Situation Assessment and Analysis
SitRep - Situation Report
SMART - Standardized Monitoring and Assessment of Relief and Transition
SMQ - Specific Monitoring Questions
SMR - Strategic Moment of Reflection
SOP - Standard Operating Procedures
SP - Strategic Plan OR Social Policy
SPIMR - Strategic Planning, Implementation, Monitoring, and Reporting.
SPPME - Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation
SRA - Strategic Results Areas
SSA - Special Service Agreement
SSC - South South Cooperation
SSFA - Small scale funding agreement
STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
SWAp - Sector Wide Approach


T4D - Technology for Development
TET - Technical Emergency Team
ToC - Theory of Change
TOR - Terms of Reference
TPM - Third Party Monitoring
ToT - Training of Trainers


UDHR - Universal Declaration of Human Rights
UNAIDS - Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNCITRAL - United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
UNCoLSC - UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities
UNCT - United Nations Country Team
UNCTAD - United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDAF - United Nations Development Assistance Framework
UNDAF-AP - UNDAF Action Plan
UNDAP - United Nations Development Assistance Plan​​​​​​​
UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
UNDSS - United Nations Department for Safety and Security
UNEP - United Nations Environment Programme
UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund
UN-Habitat - United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UNHCR - Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNIFEM - United Nations Development Fund for Women [transferred to UN-Women]
UNGEI - United Nations Girls' Education Initiative
UNODC - United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
UNPP - UN Partner Portal
​​​​​​​UNRISD - United Nations Research Institute for Social Development​​​​​​​
UNRWA - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East ​​​​​​​
UNSCEB - UN System Chief Executives Board ​​​​​​​
UNSDCF - UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework
UNSDG - UN Sustainable Development Group
UNSSC - UN System Staff College
UNU - United Nations University
UNV - United Nations Volunteers Programme
UN-Women - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNWTO - World Tourism Organization
UPU - Universal Postal Union
USAID - United States Agency for International Development
USG - Under-Secretary-General​​​​​​​
UT, UTC - Universal Time, Universal Time Coordinated


VAT - Value added tax
VfM - Value for Money
VISION - Virtual Integrated System of Information


WASH - Water, Sanitation and Hygiene
WB - World Bank
WBS - Work Breakdown Structure
WCAR - West and Central Africa Region
WCARO - West and Central Africa Regional Office
WFFC - World Fit For Children (Declaration and Plan of Action)
WFP - World Food Programme
WHO - World Health Organization
WICR - Walk-in Cold-Room
WIPO - World Intellectual Property Organization
​​​​​​​WG - Working Group
WMO - World Meteorological Organization
WSC - World Summit for Children
WSP - Water Safety Planning
WTO - World Trade Organization


XDR-TB - extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis

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