Core Commitments

for Children

are the core UNICEF policy and framework for humanitarian action


UNICEF’s work is grounded in an international legal framework regulating states’ obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of children. See  – References

This includes four interrelated and mutually reinforcing bodies of international law:

  • International human rights law, applicable both in armed conflict and in peace, including:

See 2.5.2 Large-scale movements of refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons


This legal framework is supplemented by:

  • Security Council resolutions, particularly on children and armed conflict, protection of civilians, women, peace and security

  • General Assembly resolutions, including:

  • Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian emergency assistance of the United Nations (A/RES/46/182 and subsequent resolutions), which describe the UN’s role in coordinating the efforts of the international community to support affected countries

  • Agenda for Humanity (Annex to A/70/709), which sets out five areas for action to reduce humanitarian needs, risks and vulnerabilities

  • The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs (A/RES/70/1), which stresses the role of preparedness and development programming to reduce needs, vulnerabilities and risks

  • Economic and Social Council resolutions of the ECOSOC Humanitarian Affairs Segment, which define how to best tackle the most recent and pressing humanitarian concerns.

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