The number and scale of humanitarian emergencies in 2014 made it an unprecedented year in UNICEF’s work to meet the needs of children and families affected by crisis. As UNICEF’s Executive Board gathered at the start of its first regular session of 2015, Member States considered the growing number and complexity of emergencies, the lessons UNICEF learned from the preceding year and how those insights may be applied to provide even more timely and effective humanitarian aid. In a top-agenda item, the Board considered how UNICEF can continue to have sufficient funds available when a situation quickly deteriorates, facilitating stronger operational capacity to respond to crises.
A regular feature on the newly launched UNICEF Connect blog, “What you missed this week” is a collation of interesting web stories related to children’s rights and development issues. I assumed responsibility for production of the feature for two weeks while its regular author was on leave. Below is the feature written for 10 April 2014.
The second installment of a three-part series of web articles covering initiatives and themes deliberated by member states during the 2014 First Regular Session of the UNICEF Executive Board, held at United Nations Headquarters, addresses the future of aid amid an uncertain economic climate and shifting donor landscape.