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 in order to secure the rights of children and equality for girls.
We do so by working with and strategically advocating to governments, 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 work of Plan International’s UN Office in Geneva covers 5 core areas, all of which are 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 of 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 1,400 international policy documents, training tools for girls’ rights advocates and a UN debate tracker to hold states to account.
Ensuring State accountability
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 engaging with the monitoring and reporting 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 Office also seeks to strengthen accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals by making the link with states’ human rights obligations.
Ending violence and discrimination
The UN Office in Geneva works to address gender-based violence and discrimination against girls through its advocacy. To advance these goals, the UN Office in Geneva is also part of the Girls Advocacy Alliance, a global partnership to promote policy change to end gender-based violence and economic exclusion of girls and young women.
Promoting sexual and reproductive health & rights
Plan International’s 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 for example, working to end child, early and forced marriage and bring attention to the issue of early adolescent pregnancy*.
Children in humanitarian settings
Children, and 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 that children and girls and their rights are an integral part of international humanitarian policies.
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
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