The City of Belgrade and UNICEF signed a Memorandum of Cooperation in the field of strengthening child rights, and the authorities have announced a systemic solution for care for “children of the street”, as well as adopting a local Action Plan for Child Rights.
The Memorandum of Cooperation of the City and UNICEF, reflecting the agreement of the parties to cooperate in achieving the goals set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Millennium Development Goals and the relevant strategic documents and laws of Serbia regarding protection of the rights of the child, has been signed by the mayor Siniša Mali and the director of UNICEF in Serbia Michel Saint-Lot.
In a statement to the press, upon completing the session of the Council for the Rights of the Child he presided over, Mali announced the adoption of the local Action Plan for the rights of the Child 2015-2018.
He reminded that the Council for the Rights of the Child was formed for the first time last year, and the goal is to provide children and youth under 18 years of age, of which there are 317,000 in the capital according to the 2011 Census, with all their rights and an easier life, because they are the future of both Belgrade and Serbia.
He also reminded that this year, for the first time, there will be 250 personal assistants for children with development disabilities, something he believes to be great and important news.
Mali thanked UNICEF on their assistance in all activities to help realize the rights of children living in Belgrade.
Saint-Lot asked the media to take part in monitoring child rights in Belgrade, but to not only emphasize negative issues, but also to promote good practices, so that people who are implementing them would have more confidence in themselves and what they are doing.
He added that the signing of the Memorandum does not mean that the City and UNICEF had not cooperated previously, but only confirms the common dedication to fulfilling the rights of children.