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As an authoritative global voice for child rights and gender equality, Plan International’s United Nations Office in Geneva works to influence those with power and responsibility to secure the rights of children and equality for girls.

We do so by working with and strategically advocating to governments through the Human Rights Council, United Nations bodies and other organisations active in Geneva to influence international policies and reports to further promote the rights of children and equality for girls.

Plan International also uses the tools of the international human rights system to ensure that every country promotes, respects and fulfils the rights of all children and young people, and to hold governments accountable to their commitments.

The UN Office in Geneva is a member of the International Gender Champions Geneva initiative*, a network of leaders of UN agencies, international NGOs and high-level government representatives in Geneva, working to advance gender equality in the management of their institutions. Gender equality is a priority for Plan International in all that we do, as well as the way in which we do it.

Our key focus areas

The core work of Plan International’s UN Office in Geneva is based on Plan International’s global strategy and purpose to strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. The UN Office in Geneva provides expertise to the UN on all these core areas through various influencing approaches.

Strengthening girls' rights

Plan International UN Office in Geneva is working to bring girls’ rights to the heart of the international agenda. We do this through our unique Girls’ Rights Platform, which hosts a number of important tools to advance girls’ rights. These tools include the Girls’ Rights are Human Rights report, an in-depth study on the status of girls in international law, as well as the world’s most comprehensive, searchable human rights database of more than 1,700 international policy documents, training tools for girls’ rights advocates and a UN debate tracker to hold states to account. We are advocating for gender and age to be fully considered in policy documents so girls' rights issues are visible and addressed.

 

Holding governments to account 

The UN Office in Geneva supports Plan International's offices around the world to hold their governments accountable for the commitments made to children’s rights and equality for girls. This includes supporting Plan International offices to actively engage in the monitoring, reporting and follow-up processes of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council. The UN Office in Geneva also supports Plan International’s offices to advocate for implementation of UN recommendations and the withdrawal of reservations to human rights treaties. Across this work, we seek to strengthen accountability for the Global Goals by making the link with states’ human rights obligations. 

 

Girls in crisis

Children, especially girls, are often left out of global decision-making on humanitarian responses. Plan International’s UN Office in Geneva, given its strategic position in Geneva, engages with relevant UN agencies and NGOs to ensure girls' rights are an integral part of international humanitarian policies.

 

Girls Get Equal

Plan International’s youth-led campaign Girls Get Equal demands equal power, freedom and respect for girls and young women. In support of the campaign, the UN Office in Geneva is working alongside civil society partners to ensure girls and young women are guaranteed a seat at the decision-making table, have the opportunities to shape the world around them and speak up without fear of harassment or violence. Stand with us and take the pledge today.

Ending violence against girls

The UN Office in Geneva works to address gender-based violence and discrimination against girls through its advocacy. To advance these goals, we are also part of the Girls Advocacy Alliance, a global partnership to promote policy change to end gender-based violence and the economic exclusion of girls and young women.

Promoting sexual and reproductive health and rights

Plan International is working towards to a world in which all children have a right to decide their futures, including when and who to marry or have children with. The UN Office in Geneva promotes the sexual and reproductive health and rights of all children and adolescents through its advocacy at the UN in Geneva, including working to end child, early and forced marriage and bring attention to the issue of early adolescent pregnancy.

Where can you find us?

Plan International United Nations Office in Geneva
Rue de Varembé 1, 5th floor
1202 Geneva
Switzerland

Tel: +41 (0) 22 749 15 20

For general enquiries, please send an email to: UNofficeGeneva@plan-international.org

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