50 alumni are gathering in Montreal to renew friendship ties. WAWIG is
holding its 19th reunion – the largest ever in its history. The agenda
includes sightseeing, of course, the old city and beautiful lake, nearby
villages for fall foliage and a visit to Mont Tremblaut, a premiere ski
resort. A social gathering of long-standing the coming together will
take a look at this web site and plan its future course.
UNICEF History Site:
UNICEF’s history project has been kept alive by the dedicated efforts of
individual staff members who respond daily to individual and
institutional research requests. Last year a history web site was
developed by Adhiratha Keefe, then Project Development Officer and now
retiree, on his own initiative. With the great support of Upasana Young
the site invites readers to explore and discover connections, learn
about past readers and programme and advocacydevelopment.
UNICEF Policy Developments
Last month the UNICEF Executive Board approved a Child Protection
Strategy. The strategy does not set new or different goals, targets or
indicators set out in the MTSP 2006-2009 nor does it detail
programme guidance. It does identify strategic actions for better child
protection worldwide by building a more protective environment.
The strategy has five principal sections that detail support actions:(a)
strengthening national protection systems; (b) supporting social change;
(c) promoting child protection in conflict and natural
disasters. The cross-cutting areas are (d) evidence building and
knowledge management, and (e) convening and catalyzing agents of change.
An evaluation of Gender Policy implementation, “Evaluation of Gender
Policy Implementation in UNICEF”, March 2008 states four main findings:
(1)UNICEF’s1994 gender policy remains relevant; (2) The policy needs to
be updated to address programme challenges; (3) Country office staff
feel that the 1994 policy is not sufficiently accessible (Many were not
familiar with the policy.) It should be accompanied by an operational
framework to guide programming; (4) Gender mainstreaming is still a
to integrating gender equality.
We plan to have a link to UNICEF’s document repository and the