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New publication records 30 significant contributions of UNICEF Innocenti for 30th anniversary
13 Nov 2019

(13 November 2019) In commemoration of three significant anniversaries for children in 2019 - the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Convention on the Rights of the Child; the 30th year since UNICEF's Office of Research was founded at Innocenti, and the 600th anniversary of the founding of the Ospedale Degli Innocenti, UNICEF's host institution in Florence - UNICEF Innocenti has produced a new publication: For every child, Answers: 30 Years of Research for Children at UNICEF Innocenti

The publication takes a "30 at 30" approach, providing short, easy-to-read articles covering the 30 most significant areas of UNICEF Innocenti's impact for children over the course of its thirty year history. The thirty articles are grouped according to: Rights of the Child, Education, Adolescence, Gender and Parenting, Child Health and Nutrition, Child Protection and Care, Multidimensional Child Poverty and Well-being, and Capacity Building and Knowledge Sharing.

Smiling child in the first pre-school in Côte d'Ivoire to be constructed with building materials made from recycled plastic.


"We are immensely grateful to the Istituto Degli Innocent, and equally so to the Municipality of Florence, the Regional Administration of Tuscany and the Government of Italy, for their unstinting support over the years," said Dr. Priscilla Idele, Director a.i. at UNICEF Innocenti, in the publication's foreword. "As our work evolves over the next 30 years, emerging issues such as climate change, displacement, urbanization, mental health, and technology, are assuming increasing importance to children, presenting risks and offering opportunities to realize their rights." 

Each article is organized around the questions: Why does it matter? What have we done? and What is the impact? And each article is supported by an authorotative bibliography with key links to source documents in the UNICEF Innocenti catalogue, making the publication an excellent tool for research and study.

According to Patrizia Faustini, who developed the concept and led research for the publication: "This publication will demonstrate the value and significance of the work that has been developed over the last 30 years at UNICEF’s Office of Research. We pioneered global efforts to gain better understanding of the practical implications of the Convention on the Rights of the Child from the time when it was an absolutely new and very few people understood much about how to implement the articles of the Convention, and put them into action. The publication also points to how the same innovative spirit in forging into new territories is the nature of all our research work."

List of Thirty Article Titles

child rights

  • Child Rights
  • Birth Registration
  • Children's Participation
  • Indigenous and Minority Children
  • Ombuds for Children's Rights
  • Child Rights in a Digital World


  • Early Childhood Education and Care
  • Education for All
  • Sport for Development

child health and nutrition

  • Breastfeeding
  • Children and HIV
  • Climate Change and Children

child protection and care

  • Intercountry Adoption
  • Children and Justice
  • Child-Freindly Cities
  • Child Labour
  • Children and Armed Conflict
  • Children on the Move
  • Violence Affecting Children

multidimensional child poverty and well-being

  • Transitional Economies and Children
  • Children in High-Income Countries
  • Multidimensional Child Poverty
  • Cash Transfers for Child Well-being

capacity building, evidence synthesis and knowledge sharing

  • Research Tools and Methods
  • Ethical Research Involving Children
  • Showcasing UNICEF's Best Research
  • Convening and Thought Leadership