UNICEF and the Graduate Program in International Affairs Conferences at The New School
UNICEF and the Graduate Program in International Affairs (GPIA) at The New School jointly hosted three international conferences on issues related to human rights, child poverty and social policies. They were part of UNICEF's commitment to policy, advocacy and partnerships that convene international experts in pursuit of results for children.
“Promoting Human Rights and Social Policies for Children and Women: Monitoring and Achieving the Millennium Development Goals”
April 28-30, 2004, The New School, New York
The conference presented analytical and policy papers on the progressive realization of human rights and children’s and women’s well-being based on the use of household data, especially the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). This practical survey methodology, developed by UNICEF and a number of partners in 1998, was employed in more than 60 countries and used to assess progress on the Millennium Development Goals. Read the book with the main paper presented at the conference.
“Children and Poverty: Global Context, Local Solutions?”
April 25-27, 2005, The New School, New York
During the three-day event, participants discusses issues addressed in the State of the World’s Children 2005 report, with the aim of increasing knowledge and improving global policies on child poverty. According to the Conference Program, the conference began with presentations on global trends and their social impact. The first day closed with a panel that will debate issues relating to globalization, poverty and children. The next two days focused on how to implement effective policies for reducing child poverty, and how to fulfill the basic rights of children. Brief presentations by authors of the papers selected for the conference were followed by panel discussions, inviting participation from the audience. Read the book with the main papers presented at the conference.
"Social Protection for Children, Women and Families: An Analysis of Recent Experiences"
October 30-31, The New School, New York
The conference presented analytical and policy papers that explore policies, issues and trends related to social protection and/or assistance programs providing cash or non-cash transfers. It focused on their relevance for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and contribution to the Millennium Development Agenda. The wellbeing of children, the impact of ensuring the fulfillment of children’s rights and lessons learned for future action will be the central focus of the conference.
The conference’s aim was promoting a discussion about the scope and contours of social protection for children. Following an international call for papers, 20 papers by leading scholars and practitioners were selected for presentation at the conference, including six from UNICEF. At the conference, authors presented their analytical and policy papers on issues and trends related to social protection and/or assistance programs according to three broad themes: programs, policies and evidence. Read the Conference Program and the book with the main papers presented at the conference.
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