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Patrizia Faustini

Communication Specialist

Patrizia is accountable for enhancing strategic partnerships between the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti and key Italian government authorities, the media, Italian Natcom, Italian-based academia and other partners to maximize visibility and uptake of knowledge and evidence products from the Office. She supports communication and convening functions, including linkages with key local media houses and academic institutions. A social philosopher by training, and a journalist by profession, Patrizia has an extensive experience in communication and advocacy. During her 30 years’ career in UNICEF Patrizia has held several responsibilities in research communication and dissemination, media relations, advocacy, events and external relations, contributing to the launches of our main flagship publications, developing innovative web tools, and managing the relationship with our Italian counterparts on several occasions, including the organization of international events and the negotiations for the new premises. She writes articles and blogs for the Innocenti website and has also conceived and managed the project of two Innocenti Insights: The Challenges of Climate Change - Children on the frontline and Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges, as well as of the publication For every child answers: 30 years of research for children at UNICEF Innocenti. Before joining UNICEF, Patrizia was a teacher, a translator and a free-lance journalist writing for the Italian newspaper Paese sera and the weekly magazine Bell’Italia. She holds an MA in Philosophy from the University of Florence and a Certificate in Children’s Rights from the University of Ghent. She holds the title of journalist from the Italian National Register of Journalists, and a certificate of Documentalist librarian from the Tuscany Region.
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As the effects of climate change become more visible and extreme, they are likely to affect adversely the lives of children and adolescents all over the world. A commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions will benefit all of us - but specially children. Improving the lives of marginalized communities in developing countries means embarking on and funding low carbon development. In this book some 40 experts speak out for and with children on how to protect their future.


Patrizia Faustini

This report explores the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) can contribute to efforts towards meeting child-focused development goals. It serves as a key contribution on which to build informed dialogue and decision making, developed jointly between research, policy and practice.


Patrizia Faustini


Dorothea Kleine; Sammia Poveda; David Hollow


From the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, insights on helping families and children cope (22 Apr 2020)

Just as the coronavirus outbreak reached its peak in the Italian province of Lombardy a group of health care professionals talked to UNICEF ...

Pinocchio on trial: Who is guilty? (27 Jun 2019)

Pinocchio is sitting at the defendant’s seat with his lawyer, when the judges enter the hall. On one side the prosecutor looks at him ...


Looking Back at 30 Years of Research for Children