ADB, UNICEF Forge New Partnership for Children in Asia-Pacific

    Young girls in Vietnam. The Asian Development Bank and UNICEF have partnered to deliver on their shared goals of promoting child welfare and reducing poverty across Asia and the Pacific. Photo by: Everjean / CC BY EverjeanCC BY

    The Asian Development Bank and UNICEF have joined forces to reduce poverty and disparity, and ensure that sustainable and equitable development benefits all children across Asia and the Pacific.

    ADB and UNICEF signed a major agreement that seeks to improve their partnership and strengthen their capacities to deliver on their shared goals of reducing poverty and promoting child welfare and inclusive growth, ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda said in a news release.

    Under the agreement, the two organizations will engage in joint technical assistance, programs and projects in selected sectors and countries in Asia and the Pacific. The agreement also commits ADB and UNICEF to promoting research and analysis and enhancing their consultation and policy dialogue on issues involving women and children.

    Countries that will be given priority under the five-year agreement include Armenia, Bangladesh, Georgia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, the Philippines, Uzbekistan, Timor-Leste and Vietnam.

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