As an authoritative global voice on child rights issues, Plan International’s United Nations Office in Geneva works to influence those with power and responsibility in order to secure the rights of children.
We do so by working with and strategically advocating to governments, the United Nations bodies and other organisations active in Geneva to ensure that children’s rights are included in key processes and debates taking place at the UN.
Plan International, drawing on our extensive worldwide experience, 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 to hold Governments accountable to their commitments. The UN Office in Geneva supports Plan International's offices around the world to engage with UN processes that review the human rights situation in their country. These include the monitoring and reporting processes for the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), as well as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council.
The UN Office in Geneva is a member of the International Geneva Gender Champions 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, both in our programmes and in our management. We want to “walk the talk”.
Our key focus areas
The work of Plan International UN Office in Geneva covers three core areas, all of which are rooted in the rights of the child:
Plan International UN Office in Geneva is working to ensure that states adequately address issues related to violence against children, in particular violence in schools, child, early and forced marriage and other harmful practices. We also advocate for the promotion of universal birth registration as part of functioning civil registration and vital statistics systems, not only as a human right but also as an important tool for state planning.
Non-discrimination, equality and inclusion
These are amongst the most basic of human rights principles that Plan International strives to protect and promote. In particular, we use the Because I am a Girl Campaign as a powerful tool to promote the empowerment of girls through education.
Plan International’s Child-Centred Community Development approach places child participation at the heart of our work. In Geneva, we work to ensure that children are empowered to play an active role as rights holders and that their voices are heard and taken into account as part of the UN agenda.
Where can you find us?
Plan International United Nations Office in Geneva
Rue de Varembé 1, 5th floor
Tel: +41 (0) 22 749 15 20
For general enquiries, please send an email to: UNofficeGeneva@plan-international.org