Address by First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of a Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic during a muster imprinting a 70th anniversary of UNICEF’s work in Serbia:
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am really gratified that we have collected here, on a arise of a coronation of an muster imprinting this critical festival – a 70th anniversary of a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in a Republic of Serbia. we trust that a work of UNICEF is famous to everybody in Serbia, and that a involvement, both on a tellurian and inhabitant level, is seen with magnetism and admiration. A extensive duration of time is behind us, and Yugoslavia, Serbia, has been a UNICEF partner roughly given a pregnancy of this critical Organization, a explanation of that is a fact that, final year, in 2016, UNICEF celebrated a 70th anniversary of a existence.
UNICEF was determined in 1946, as a provisional physique for providing assistance to children, WWII victims, and Yugoslavia was one of a initial UN Member States that sealed a Basic Programme of Cooperation with UNICEF in 1947, and a initial state in Europe and a second in a world, after Australia, that determined a UNICEF National Committee. Under a UN General Assembly decision, UNICEF became, in 1953, a permanent physique of a United Nations for providing assistance to children opposite a world, quite in a building countries.
I would like to give a brief comment of a 70 years-long friendship, during that UNICEF has played an critical purpose even in a many supportive moments in a story of a country. In a tough times following a Second World War, from 1948-1979, UNICEF supposing Yugoslavia immeasurable investment and element assistance, in a volume of 22 million dollars, for a doing of 26 programmes catering to a simple needs of children in a areas of health, nourishment and education. Yugoslavia was not a customer of UNICEF assistance from 1979-1991, given in this period, it was a initial and a usually building nation that became a intentional UNICEF donor.
During a 1990s conflict, UNICEF supposing a required assistance to children and refugees, and was there to offer service assist after a good flooding in 2014, as well. UNICEF has been aiding mothers with children transiting Serbia in a interloper and migrant flow, ever given 2015. As a result, from final September, all migrant children of elementary-school age can attend unchanging classes.
We rarely honour and conclude your benevolence, honesty and willingness to concur on enlivening continued encouragement of a primary collateral – children. This work is priceless, as it vastly contributes to a swell of society, in a prolonged run.
In further to a rendezvous and assistance in puncture situations, we cruise quite critical a well-developed work of a UNICEF’s Belgrade Office and a personal efforts by a Head Michel Sen-Lo directed during advancing children’s rights in Serbia – by focusing on early development, i.e. training in early childhood, and, in this context ensuring all children of this age organisation entrance to education, by pre-school institutions of a preparation system, in team-work with a Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development. This programme is designed to move about, by approach of abating amicable differences, and inclusion, some-more swell to a community, that is really critical given a suit of children underneath 8 years aged is low, with a bent of apropos even lower. This was a thesis of a general discussion on child early development, hold in Belgrade, a few days ago. Important areas to that UNICEF done a grant in Serbia embody amicable inclusion of a many exposed and marginalized children, impediment of assault opposite and between children, de-institutionalization of children from 0 to 3 years old, where Serbia apparently achieved poignant progress, that has been globally recognized.
On a general level, Serbia has been active in a area of insurance and graduation of children’s rights, by a adoption of a Convention on a Rights of a Child, unchanging stating to a applicable Committee, support resolutions and initiatives with themes focusing on a graduation of a rights of children, as good as by a doing of goals of a 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
The muster that we are opening currently reflects a smoothness and significance of this team-work ongoing from 1947 to a present. Our years-long team-work and partner relations, grown by many successful initiatives over these 70 years, attest to a significance of a support UNICEF continues to yield currently to a efforts of a Government of a Republic of Serbia in a efforts to safeguard a healthy and moving sourroundings for a development, preparation and a protected life of children, and full practice of their rights in Serbia, in line with general instruments and a top standards in a margin of a rights of a child.
I trust and trust that a muster will minister to a lifting of recognition and shortcoming of a people per a honour of children’s rights and a graduation of their status. The muster will be accessible to a open during vast until a finish of a year – in Belgrade and other Serbian towns including Pirot, Nis, Novi Sad, Novi Pazar, Kragujevac, and we entice we to revisit it.