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Innocenti International Advisory Committee 2008

©UNICEF IRC/2008 - Right: Claudio Martini, President of the Tuscany Region, Saad Houry, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Marta Santos Pais, IRC Director, Birgitta Jansson, Programme Officer, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency  at the opening session of the International Advisory Committee meeting 2008

The annual Innocenti Advisory Committee (IAC) meeting took place in Florence at the presence of UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Saad Houry.
Before officially opening the IAC meeting, Saad Houry, together with Marta Santos Pais, director of IRC, met with the President of the Tuscany Region, Claudio Martini, to discuss some specific issues related to the renewal of the Agreement between the Tuscany Region and IRC, including the translation into Italian of some strategic publication prepared by IRC, as well as the preparation of international events to promote the rights the child.
The President Martini reaffirmed the interest of the Tuscany Region in continuing the fruitful collaboration with IRC, and agreed to follow-up to the great results obtained with the S. Rossore meeting dedicated to child poverty and social exclusion, jointly organized by the Tuscany Region and IRC last year.

The Innocenti Advisory Committee (IAC) was established in 1988 to assist the IRC Director on policy matters.
The Committee includes representatives of the Governments of Italy and Sweden, the Istituto degli Innocenti (the host institution in Florence), the Tuscany Region, UNICEF senior management, representatives from the National Committees for UNICEF, and prominent international child development and human rights experts, including representation from the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The composition of the Advisory Committee reflects the determination of IRC to ensure that its work is of relevance and value to UNICEF and its partners at all levels.
The role of the Committee is to:
- Review past and current UNICEF IRC activities.
- Provide expert advice on its future work.
- Dialogue on key economic and social policy as well as child rights issues.
- Provide advice and support in expanding IRC networking and achieving wider outreach.
- Help IRC diversify its donor base and seek additional funding.