UNICEF and the State Agency for the Refugees signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation

03.11.2016 09:06

The State Agency for the Refugees at the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Bulgaria and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), have signed Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation. It was signed by Petya Parvanova, Chairperson of the State Agency for the Refugees with the Council of Ministers, and Maria Jesus Conde, UNICEF Representative for Bulgaria.

The main and foremost objective of the Partners’ cooperation shall be the protection of the rights of children and women applying for international protection in Bulgaria with priority, as follows:
:: Adoption of all necessary measures to ensure adequate and safe accommodation conditions within the territorial units of the State Agency for the Refugees to children and women applying for international protection in the Republic of Bulgaria.
:: Development and strengthening of the capacity of the State Agency for the Refugees for application of international standards on child protection and introduction of good practices for working with children and women applying for international protection in the Republic of Bulgaria.
:: Development and strengthening of the capacity of the State Agency for the Refugees to monitor and assess the application of international standards of protection and to promote and protect the rights of the children and women applying for international protection in the Republic of Bulgaria.

The Memorandum of understanding on cooperation has a special focus on the following areas:
:: Providing regular trainings and guidance to the employees of the State Agency for the Refugees for strengthening of their skills, necessary for the implementation of international and European standards on upholding the rights of children and women applying for international protection in the Republic of Bulgaria.
:: Developing and piloting the implementation of models, mechanisms and practices for working with children, including unaccompanied and separated children, applying for international protection in the Republic of Bulgaria, including appropriate accommodation arrangements depending on their needs; health and safety standards; provision of information, counseling and interpretation; age assessment rules and procedures; recreational and learning activities, etc.)
:: Creating, developing and implementing mechanisms and instruments for monitoring the situation of the children and women applying for international protection in the Republic of Bulgaria with regard to the implementation of the rights of the children and women, applying for international protection.
:: Enhancing the institutional capacity for regular collection, analysis and exchange of data on the situation of the children and women, applying for international protection.

The present Memorandum is signed on the basis of the Basic cooperation agreement between the government of the Republic of Bulgaria and the United Nations Children’s Fund (published in SG No. 58 from year 2005) and in implementation to the Country Programme Action Plan 2013-2017 between the government of the Republic of Bulgaria and UNICEF (published in SG No. 94 from year 2013) – and aims to strengthen this cooperation through concrete measures of cooperation in the listed areas.

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For more information   
Jacklin Tzocheva    
Communication Officer, UNICEF Bulgaria  
Tel: 02/9696208  
E-mail: jtzocheva@unicef.org

 

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