Representing more than 580 million Christians in more than 110 countries, the World Council of Churches is a worldwide fellowship of churches with over 70 years of experience in pursuing justice and peace for all. It does this work together with those of different faiths and secular organizations.
In 2013, the WCC adopted a joint declaration, “Putting Children at the Centre,” and partnered with UNICEF to build the capacity of its member churches and ecumenical partners to (1) protect children and adolescents, and (2) promote children's meaningful participation, and (3) their engagement in climate justice initiatives.
UNICEF entered this partnership to further strengthen their effective engagement with religious actors to improve the well-being of children. Religious actors can reach the most vulnerable children, and often have the trust, moral influence, and capacity to do so. Through this partnership, larger numbers of locally connected, grassroot partners can be reached.
Thus, in 2015, the WCC and UNICEF signed the first of several Letters of Collaboration¹. Key in this was the development of “Churches' Commitments to Children”.