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Core Commitments

for Children

are the core UNICEF policy and framework for humanitarian action



Programme commitments describe the scope of activities and advocacy undertaken by UNICEF and its partners in humanitarian settings. They form UNICEF’s contribution to a collective response and are designed to support inter-agency coordination and response. They apply in all contexts at all times. UNICEF’s role in realising the commitments varies by context.

See 1.2 Scope of CCCs

Benchmarks describe the performance levels expected against the commitments. They set expected standards of programme coverage, quality and equity. They are drawn from global humanitarian standards, including Sphere Standards, the Core Humanitarian Standard on Quality and Accountability (CHS), the Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE) Minimum Standards and the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action (CPMS).


They are supported by the CCCs Indicator Guidance to help align UNICEF’s humanitarian and development planning, monitoring and reporting.


All Programme commitments and benchmarks foster multi-sectoral and integrated programming as well as geographic convergence.

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