European Policy Documents

Children in an Urban World: The State of Today's Children, UNICEF (2012)

This report examines the increasing vulnerabilities of children growing up in urban settings as the majority of the population increasingly moves to cities.

http://www.unicef.org/sowc2012/pdfs/SOWC-2012-Main-Report_EN_21Dec2011.pdf (PDF)


Annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (2012)

The third report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children is submitted to the Council in accordance with General Assembly resolution 65/197.

The report reviews key developments and initiatives promoted, and identifies priority areas.

Read more on the Violence and Children website (PDF).


Political Commitments by Regional Organizations and Institutions to Prevent and Address Violence Against Children (2012)

The collaboration with regional organizations and institutions to advance implementation of the recommendations of the UN Study on Violence against Children has been a critical dimension of this process.

Read more on the Violence Against Children website.


Environmental burden of disease associated with inadequate housing. WHO Regional Office for Europe (2011)

This report evidences why making housing healthy, affordable and sustainable should be a prime objective of all professionals and policy-makers involved in any aspect of housing and of health.

Read more on the WHO website.


An EU- Wide Overview of Community Initiatives to Reduce Childhood Obesity (2011)

In 2010, the European Commission called for a project to create an overview of European CBIs (community-based initiatives) that aim to reduce childhood obesity. This report presents the outcomes of this survey.

Read more on the European Commission website (PDF).


WHO Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health (2011)

The Global status report on alcohol and health (2011) presents a comprehensive perspective on the global, regional and country consumption of alcohol, patterns of drinking, health consequences and policy responses in Member States.

Read more on the WHO website.


CDC Report: Vital Signs: Unintentional Injury Deaths for Persons 0 – 19 Years of Age 2000 – 2009. (2011)

This report describes 10-year trends in unintentional injury deaths among persons aged 0–19 years. CDC analyzed 2000–2009 mortality data from the National Vital Statistics System by age group, sex, race/ethnicity, injury mechanism, and state.

Read more on the CDC website.


The World Report on Child Injury Prevention (2008)

This joint WHO/UNICEF World report on child injury prevention brings together all that is currently known about the various types of child injuries and how to prevent them. Aimed at policy-makers and development agencies.

World report (PDF 3.3mb)


European Report on Child Injury Prevention (2008)

This report highlights that injuries are a leading cause of death and disability among children, presents evidence on how injuries can be prevented. This report is a companion to the World report on child injury prevention.

European report (En) (PDF 4.8mb)
European report (Es) (PDF 274kb)


Have Fun, Be Safe: A Companion to the World Report on Child Injury Prevention (2008)

UNICEF and WHO have produced a child-friendly version which aims to inform children aged 7 - 11 years about various types of injuries and how these may be prevented.

Have Fun, Be Safe (En) (PDF 23mb)
Have Fun, Be Safe (Fr) (PDF 10mb)
Have Fun, Be Safe (Es) (PDF 8.8mb)


Council recommendation of 31 May 2007 on the prevention of injury and the promotion of safety (2007)

The major directions for the injury related actions under the Public Health Programme are now being provided by the Communication on 'Actions for a Safer Europe' that the Commission has adopted in May 2006. Following this a Communication in the form of a draft Council Recommendation has been sent to the College of Commissioners for endorsement and released to Member States' governments.

Recommendation on the prevention of injury and the promotion of safety (PDF 56kb)


Tackling Violence in Schools: A global Perspective. Bridging the Gap Between Standards and Practice UNICEF (2007)

Includes key recommendations and conclusions from an international expert consultation on effective strategies for violence prevention in schools.

Read more on the Violence Against Children website.


United Nations Secretary General's World report on Violence Against Children (2006)

The United Nations Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children has been a global effort to detail the nature, extent and causes of violence against children, and to propose clear recommendations for action.

Read more on the UN Violence Study website.


Regional Committee Resolution on a European strategy for child and adolescent health and development; including injury (2005)

WHO European strategy for child and adolescent health.

European strategy for child and adolescent health and development (PDF 381kb)


The United Nations General Assembly Resolution to Improve Global Road Safety (2005)

Adopted at the 60th Session of the General Assembly on 1 Decmber 2005.

United Nations: Improving global road safety (PDF 112kb)


Regional Committee Resolution on Prevention of injuries in the WHO European Region (2005)

WHO Regional Committe for Europe, 55th session (Bucharest, Romania, 12-15 September 2005): Injuries in the WHO European Region: Burden, challenges and policy response.

Injuries in the WHO European Region: Burden, challenges and policy response (PDF 222kb)


Regional Committee Resolution on Children's Environment and Health Action Plan for Europe (2004)

At the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health (Budapest, June 25-27, 2004) which brought together health ministers and environment ministers, intergovernmental organisations and civil society organisations, the Conference Declaration was signed and endorsed by 52 Member States in Europe. Priority goal 2 is to reduce injuries.

Regional Committee Conference Declaration (PDF 423kb)


World Health Assembly and United Nations Resolution on violence and health (2003)

The fifty-sixth World Health Assembly (WHA 56.24, May 28, 2003) implemented the recommendations of the World report on violence and health.

WHA and UN Resolution on violence and health (PDF 136kb)


General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC (2001)

This directive outlines requirements to ensure the safety of products on the marketplace within the European Union.

Read more on the Europa.eu site


Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)

In 1989, the Convention on the Rights of the Child became the first legally binding international convention to affirm human rights for all children. As a binding treaty of international law, it codifies principles that Member States of the United Nations agreed to be universal.

Read more on the UNICEF website