Advocacy at the United Nations

by ChildFund Alliance

ChildFund Alliance works at the UN Headquarters in New York to promote children’s rights, including the right to protection from all forms of violence. We do this in partnership with Member States, UN agencies and the nongovernmental organization (NGO) community.

The Secretariat leads ChildFund Alliance’s engagement in New York-based UN events and processes, and maintains key institutional relations. It works to influence international processes and strategies to end violence against children and realize their rights more broadly.

As an international NGO, ChildFund Alliance holds special consultative status with the UN. The Secretariat represents the organization’s priorities to key international agencies and bodies, including the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, the General Assembly (UNGA) and the Economic and Social Council, as well as Special Advisers, Representatives and Envoys to the Secretary-General.

ChildFund Alliance is a member of Joining Forces, the NGO Committee on UNICEF and the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children. We collaborate with various civil society organizations and coalitions actively advocating across the UN system and with its Member States.

Our Key Focus Areas

Child Protection

  •   Support Members States to implement SDG target 16.2 and related targets for all children to live free from violence and exploitation.
  •   Work with the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children to build political will, accelerate action and strengthen collaboration to end violence against children.
  •   Advocate for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to ensure that no one left behind includes no child affected by violence.
  •   Support the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Violence Against Children to implement the recommendations of the UN Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children.
  •   Advocate across UN agencies, specifically at the UN Second and Third Committees, and the UN Security Council to ensure promotion and protection of children’s rights.