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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.

Publications

The Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the front line
Publication Publication

The Challenges of Climate Change: Children on the front line

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.
Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges
Publication Publication

Children, ICT and Development: Capturing the potential, meeting the challenges

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.

Blogs

From the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, insights on helping families and children cope
Blog Blog

From the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, insights on helping families and children cope

Just as the coronavirus outbreak reached its peak in the Italian province of Lombardy a group of health care professionals talked to UNICEF sharing their views on helping families and children cope
Pinocchio on trial: Who is guilty?
Blog Blog

Pinocchio on trial: Who is guilty?

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 grimly, with the Cat and the Fox, Mangiafuoco, the puppet master, and the teacher next to him.On the other side, the father Geppetto, a poor woodcarver, and the Fairy with the Turquoise Hair, the fictitious mother who Pinocchio never had, wait for their turn in silence. All of them will tell about Pinocchio’s behavior – the good and the bad. Around the courtroom, the mood was grim as a trial was about to begin.
Are children equipped to navigate post-truth societies?
Blog Blog

Are children equipped to navigate post-truth societies?

In 2014 the World Economic Forum called the rapid spread of misinformation online one of the ten most critical issues for our societies.A 2016 Stanford study of 7,800 student responses from middle school to college highlighted discomforting results. Researchers found that students had a “dismaying inability” to recognize the difference between: fake and real news, advertising and journalistic writing, neutral and biased sources and fake and real social media accounts. Results of the Stanford survey “shocked” the researchers, they said.
Migration, hate speech and media ethics
Blog Blog

Migration, hate speech and media ethics

Migration is not a crime. It is a practice as old as human civilization and a human right recognized in many international treaties. ...

Podcasts

Looking Back at 30 Years of Research for Children