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The use of UNICEF Internet material for any purpose, including repackaging in hard copy or compilation for
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Information disclosure policy
1. This Executive Directive establishes the Information Disclosure Policy of the United Nations Children’s Fund (‘UNICEF’).
2. UNICEF is committed to making information about its programmes and operations available to the public. UNICEF considers public access to information a key component of effective participation of all stakeholders, including the public, in the achievement of its mandate. UNICEF recognises that there is a positive correlation between transparency, including through
3. UNICEF management is accountable to the UNICEF Executive Board, which is comprised of United Nations Member States and is a part of the United Nations Economic and Social Council. UNICEF management considers that public access to UNICEF information further facilitates UNICEF’s transparency and accountability.
4. This Information Disclosure Policy (this ‘Policy’) is intended to ensure that information concerning UNICEF programmes and operations is available to the public, subject to the limitations set out in this Policy. As stated in the Report on the Accountability System at UNICEF, UNICEF Executive Board document E/ICEF/2009/15 (the ‘Accountability Report’), ‘UNICEF will make available reliable and timely information about existing conditions, decisions and actions relating to the activities of the organisation, in an accessible, visible and understandable fashion, unless the information is deemed confidential.’ (¶ 14(g)).
Definition of information
5. For purposes of this Policy, ‘Information’ means any produced content, whatever its medium (paper, electronic or sound, visual or audiovisual recording), concerning a matter relating to the policies, activities and decisions of UNICEF.
Scope of this policy
6. This Policy applies to all Information in the possession of UNICEF.
General principle of access to information
7. Information should be accessible and disclosed, subject to the limitations set forth in this Policy.
Accessibility of information
8. Information accessible to the public shall be made available, as much as possible, reasonable and practical, on one or more of the UNICEF
Restricted access to information
9. The Policy excludes data that exist in raw form, either physically or electronically. UNICEF is not in a position to respond to requests that require the selection and/or manipulation of data to produce content.
10. Confidential Information is not subject to disclosure. The Accountability Report (¶2), approved by the UNICEF Executive Board, requires the following categories of information to be classified as ‘Confidential Information’:
a. Information received fr om or sent to third parties, with an expectation of confidentiality;
b. Information whose disclosure is likely to endanger the safety or security of any individual, violate his or her rights, or invade his or her privacy;
c. Information whose disclosure is likely to endanger the security of Member States or prejudice the security or proper conduct of any operation or activity of the organisation;
d. Information covered by legal privilege or regulatory proceedings, or that subjects the organisation to an undue risk of litigation, or is related to internal audits and investigations;
f. Commercial information, if disclosure would harm either the financial interests of the organisation or those of other parties involved;
g. Information which the organisation believes would, if disclosed, seriously undermine a policy dialogue with a Member State or an implementing partner; and
h. Other kinds of Information which, because of its content or the circumstances of its creation or communication, must be deemed confidential.
The definition of ‘Confidential Information’ should be understood in a way that favours disclosure as much as possible without contravening this Policy.
11. If only a part of the Information that is responsive to a particular request for disclosure is subject to one of the limitations set out in this Policy, UNICEF may decide, at its discretion, that the remaining part of the Information, responsive to that request, will be disclosed, and will take appropriate measures to preserve the confidentiality of the Information that is not disclosed.
12. Decisions of the UNICEF Executive Board, and other UNICEF or United Nations policies, procedures or practices, may contain Information disclosure limitations. This includes but is not limited to UNICEF Executive Board decision 2009/8 on disclosure of UNICEF internal audit reports only to Member States. Nothing in or relating to this Policy will be deemed in any way to abridge, modify or abolish the application of those UNICEF Executive Board decisions, or other UNICEF or United Nations policies, procedures or practices.
Privileges and immunities of the United Nations including UNICEF
13. Nothing in or relating to this Policy will be deemed a waiver, express or implied, of any of the privileges and immunities of the United Nations, including its subsidiary organs, pursuant to the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1946, or otherwise. Without limiting the generality of the previous sentence, the disclosure of Information in response to a request for disclosure, will not constitute a waiver, express or implied, of any of the privileges and immunities of the United Nations, including its subsidiary organs, pursuant to the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1946, or otherwise.
Processing of information requests
14. Any person or organisation may request the disclosure of UNICEF’s
15. Information requests should be handled by the head of the relevant UNICEF country or regional office, or headquarters Division or office. All media enquiries should be handled by the UNICEF communications staff.
16. The UNICEF official responsible for handling a request for Information that may be Confidential should seek guidance fr om the UNICEF Legal Counsel in the Office of the Executive Director, New York Headquarters and, as appropriate, the Director, Supply Division Copenhagen (where the request relates to vendor relations or procurement issues) or the Director, Division of Human Resources New York Headquarters (where the request relates to human resource issues).
17. All Information requests will be handled promptly. The requestor should expect to receive an acknowledgement of receipt of the request within ten (10) working days (in New York). Depending on the complexity of the request, UNICEF will endeavour to handle all requests within thirty (30) days after the acknowledgment of receipt is sent. For information requests that involve the reproduction of material, UNICEF may charge a fee for material and labor cost, which will be communicated to the requestor and will need to be paid in advance.
18. UNICEF may partially or wholly deny a request, as follows:
a. In accordance with the limitations set out or referred to in this Policy;
b. If the request is deemed by UNICEF to be an excessive demand upon UNICEF’s resources; or
c. If the request, in the judgment of UNICEF, appears to be frivolous.
19. If a request is denied, the requestor may seek the review of the decision by addressing a letter to the UNICEF Deputy Executive Director for Management. The Deputy Executive Director for Management will review the handling of the request for Information and make a determination on how to proceed. That review should normally be completed within sixty (60) days of being requested. The outcome of the review will be communicated to the requestor and there will be no requirement for providing a detailed explanation of the outcome of the review.
Reproduction of information
20. The implementation of this Policy will be subject to existing rules on intellectual property and other proprietary rights including, but not limited to, patents, copyrights, and trademarks, which may, inter alia, limit a third party’s right to reproduce or exploit information.
21. This document will be available in the working languages of UNICEF: English, French, and Spanish. This document may also be made available in the other official languages of the United Nations at a later time.
22. No representation is made or warranty given, express or implied, as to the completeness or accuracy of Information made available by UNICEF. The requestor shall apply discretion when using the Information made available by UNICEF. UNICEF will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss arising fr om the use of the Information.
23. The UNICEF Information Security Policy, promulgated by Executive Directive CF/EXD/2003/23, is hereby abolished.
24. The Policy shall enter into force on the date this Executive Directive it is issued.
Dated 16 September 2010
Overview of UNICEF information available on dedicated UNICEF or United Nations Internet websites
A great deal of information about UNICEF’s governance, programmes and operations is available on the UNICEF global website (www.unicef.org) and on the individual websites of UNICEF country offices. A sel ected list of such information, including information that is progressively being made available, is set out below.
I. Information about UNICEF programmes
a. The UNICEF
b. Country Programme Documents. Country Programme Documents are public documents of the UNICEF Executive Board and are available on the UNICEF global website under ‘Executive Board
d. Country Office, Regional Office, and Headquarters Divisional Annual Reports. Annual Reports prepared by UNICEF Country Offices, Regional Offices, and Headquarters Divisions (where these are prepared), are being made available on UNICEF’s public websites starting with the annual reports for 2010.
e. Evaluation Reports. An overview of the UNICEF evaluation activities is prepared annually and presented to the UNICEF Executive Board. These reports are public documents of the UNICEF Executive Board and are available on the UNICEF global website under ‘Executive Board documents’.
II. Information about UNICEF operations
a. UNICEF Executive Board. Information relating to the work of the UNICEF Executive Board and its meetings (including background documentation and decisions) is available on the UNICEF global website under ‘Executive Board documents’.
b. UNICEF Executive Office. Statements and speeches by the Executive Director are available on the UNICEF global website.
c. UNICEF Financial Information. All relevant documentation on the UNICEF budget as approved by the UNICEF Executive Board, including the financial report and audited financial statements, the annual review of the financial situation including source of funding, and the annual report of UNICEF’s Office of Internal Audit, are available on the UNICEF global website under ‘Executive Board documents’. UNICEF’s audited financial statements are also published and posted every biennium on the UN General Assembly website.
d. UNICEF Procurement. UNICEF makes public (a) its major international procurement solicitation notices issued; and (b) its international contracts awarded. These are made public at UNICEF Supply Division website and the UN Global Marketplace. The UNICEF Supply Division website also provides annual procurement data by vendor, country, amount, type of services/goods, etc.
e. UNICEF Policies and Procedures. UNICEF’s policies and procedures are progressively being made available on the UNICEF global website.
Linking to UNICEF
Thanks for your interest in sharing UNICEF’s message with visitors to your website!
UNICEF welcomes links fr om sites that share our goals of working for children’s rights, meeting children’s basic needs and expanding opportunities for children to reach their full potential.
By adding a link you are expressing your support for these goals.
If you would like to link to UNICEF’s web site, we ask you to agree to the following, and contact us (choose subject ‘Permission to link’ in the dropdown menu) to let us know for our records. You may link to the homepage or to a deep content page.
A site that links to UNICEF’s site:
- May not contain any content which could be deemed offensive, unsuitable for children, or harmful to or exploitative of children, including content which could be considered child pornography or otherwise promoting or depicting exploitation of children for any illegal or immoral purpose.
- May link to UNICEF’s content but may not copy it without special permission.
- Should not embed a UNICEF web page in a frame or create any border environment around UNICEF content.
- Should not misrepresent its relationship with UNICEF or imply that UNICEF is endorsing it or its products.
- Should not use the UNICEF logo without permission. Permission is normally granted only to authorized partners of UNICEF, i.e. those organizations with which UNICEF has an existing working relationship, which typically are NGOs, academic institutions, publishers and broadcasters, and government agencies.
- Must, if it sells any products or services, inform UNICEF and request permission to link as a commercial site.
UNICEF reserves the right to disallow links at any time (e.g. if there are contents or other links in close proximity to the UNICEF link that may be inappropriate fr om UNICEF’s point of view). If this is the case, the site maintainers agree to delete the link immediately.
Your privacy on the Internet is of utmost importance to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). This privacy statement describes UNICEF’s policy concerning the gathering and sharing of visitors’ information through the UNICEF web site. It applies to all «UNICEF sites» — that is, all sites within the «unicef.org» domain name. You should note that through this site you may reach or be directed to other sites that relate to UNICEF, such as http://www.supportunicef.org/ or the sites of our national committees (the various private charities around the world whose job is to support UNICEF); all these sites have their own privacy statements which are similar to this one but may vary slightly. By visiting the UNICEF website you are accepting the practices described in this policy.
What information does UNICEF collect?
Normal website usage
In general, you can browse the UNICEF site without telling us who you are or revealing any personal information about yourself. The only information we gather during general browsing is from standard server logs. These include your IP (Internet Protocol) address, domain name, browser type, operating system, and information such as the web site that referred you to us, the files you downloaded, the pages you visit, and the dates/times of those visits.
Collection of personally identifiable information
If you register for a newsletter, log on to certain UNICEF sites, order a book or other merchandise, request information, provide feedback, apply for a job, join a discussion group or join an electronic mailing list, you will be asked to provide personal information such as your name, postal address and
For certain UNICEF sites, registering or supplying personal information sets a cookie.* By setting this cookie, UNICEF will remember your details the next time you visit, so you don’t have to
Joining electronic discussion groups may mean that other participants of the discussion group (including
Special note about information from children
Several sites in the UNICEF domain are focused on children, including interactive sites such as group discussions. Some of these require
These parts of the UNICEF site are for children and authorized adults only and unauthorized adults are not to participate in these parts of the UNICEF site. (Obtaining user information helps us in that regard if needed.)
Children should make sure their parents, or the adults who are caring for them, know they are participating in the UNICEF sites and are providing this lim ited user information.
What does UNICEF do with the information it collects?
Normal web usage
The information gathered during general browsing of the «unicef.org» domain is used to analyse trends and usage of the UNICEF site and to improve the usefulness of the site. It is not connected with any personal information. However, if you have registered with UNICEF in connection with any activity on the UNICEF site, the information we collect about your normal web usage will be identifiable to you.
Personally identifiable information
UNICEF may use the personal information you provide to:
- Contact you — either in response to a query or suggestion, or to mail newsletters, documents, publications, etc. to you, and we also may provide the information to the UNICEF national committees so they can contact you as well;
- Manage and process your job application;
- Confirm your purchases and registrations on the site;
- Obtain payment for purchases through the site (via credit card);
- «Remember» your online profile and preferences;
- Help you quickly find information that is relevant to you based on your interests, and help us create site contents most relevant to you;
- Undertake statistical analysis.
What if I don’t want to provide personal information?
Providing personal information on the UNICEF web site is optional. If you choose not to provide personal information, you can still browse and use the UNICEF site, but you will not be able to carry out certain actions such as purchasing items, registering for a newsletter, or applying for a job.
Opting out and changing your information
At any time, you can cancel or modify your information by returning to the web page wh ere you first provided the information and contacting the focal point for that page/relevant UNICEF department. Wh ere contact details are not provided on the page, you can contact us for further information.
However, UNICEF assumes no responsibility for the security of information.
The UNICEF site contains link to sites external to the unicef.org domain. UNICEF is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such sites.
Notification of changes
- cookies: a Cookie is a small amount of data that is sent from the web server to your browser. It is normally used to assign a unique identification to your computer and securely store
information such as user IDs, passwords, preferences, and online profiles. It is stored on the hard drive of your computer. You can choose not to have cookies delivered by UNICEF sites by changing your browser settings. Different web sites can send their own cookies to your computer. To protect your privacy, your browser only allows a web site to access the cookies it has already sent you, no the cookies sent by other sites.
The UNICEF Name and Emblem
The UNICEF name and emblem are the exclusive property of UNICEF. They are protected under international law. Unauthorized use is prohibited. They may not be copied or reproduced in any way without the prior written permission of UNICEF. Requests for permission should be sent to us using the copyright permission option our feedback form.
The UNICEF Web Site
The UNICEF Web Site is provided by UNICEF for personal use and educational purposes only. Any other use, including reproduction or translation of anything more than a de minimis portion of the Content of the UNICEF Web Site, or any use other than for personal or educational purposes, requires the express prior written permission of UNICEF. Requests for permission should be sent to us using the copyright permission option on our feedback form, specifying full details of the proposed use. All Content of the UNICEF Web Site is protected by law including, as applicable, copyright laws.
The use of particular designations of countries or territories does not imply any judgment by UNICEF as to the legal status of such countries or territories, of their authorities and institutions or of the delim itation of their boundaries. The mention of names of specific companies or products (whether or not indicated as registered) does not imply any intention to infringe proprietary rights, nor should it be construed as an endorsement or recommendation on the part of UNICEF.
The United Nations and UNICEF disclaim any liability or responsibility arising fr om the use of the UNICEF Web Site or the Content of the UNICEF Web Site. The United Nations, UNICEF, members of their staff, and their contractors, shall not be liable for any financial or other consequences whatsoever arising fr om the use of the Content of the UNICEF Web Site, including the inappropriate, improper, or fraudulent use of such Content.
No representations or warranties of any kind concerning the UNICEF Web Site are given, including responsibility for any infection by virus or any other contamination or by anything which has destructive properties.
Other Web Sites
The UNICEF Web Site may be linked to other web sites that are not under UNICEF’s control. UNICEF provides these links merely as a convenience and the inclusion of such links does not imply an endorsement or approval by UNICEF of any web site, product or service. UNICEF does not assume any responsibility or liability in respect of such web sites, including, for example, responsibility or liability for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice or statements made on those web sites.
The UNICEF Web Site may contain Working Papers or discussion drafts of UNICEF Policy Papers. Comments and responses are welcome, but these should in all cases be addressed directly to UNICEF and not uploaded to the UNICEF Web Site. These documents are provided by UNICEF as a contribution to discussion on important issues affecting children and families, and to assist UNICEF by broadening and deepening the range of the consultations engaged in by the Organization. Such documents do not represent the Organization’s definitive position on the issues covered and are not to be represented as such. Working papers may not be quoted or otherwise used outside the UNICEF Web Site.
Interactive Parts of the UNICEF Web Site
The UNICEF Web Site may contain bulletin boards, chat rooms, access to mailing lists or other message or communication facilities. The user agrees, when taking advantage of such facilities, not to do any of the following: (a) defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal, moral, or human rights of others (such as rights of privacy and publicity); (b) publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information; © upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy) unless the user owns or controls the rights thereto or has received all necessary consents; (d) upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programmes that may damage the operation of another’s computer; (e) delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded; (f) falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded; (g) advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests, or chain letters; or (h) download any file posted by another user that the user knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner. UNICEF reserves the absolute right to delete any material posted to the UNICEF Web Site without notice to the user.
UNICEF accepts no responsibility or liability in respect of the conduct of any user in connection with such facilities, or for any material submitted by users and carried on the UNICEF Web Site including, for example, responsibility or liability for the accuracy or reliability of any information, data, opinions, advice or statements made in such material.
If you have any questions about this please contact UNICEF using our feedback form.