UNICEF signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Regional Administration Montana

30.10.2013 10:43

22 October 2013, Montana - UNICEF Bulgaria and Regional Administration Montana signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Partnership for the next 5 years in order to improve the wellbeing of all children in Montana Region. With the signing of this document, both partners will share the responsibility and commitment towards mutual activities in favor of the children living in the Region. These will include the implementation of some of the best practices in the world regarding child care, child protection, juvenile justice reforms and actions to establish and safeguard the proper implementation of the UN Child Rights Convention.

Both sides noted that a good and sustainable progress in child wellbeing and child protection can be achieved only when local authorities, central power, business and civil society join their efforts and work together. The partnership between UNICEF and Montana is part of the National Strategy for Children 2008-2018, the concept for the involvement of the government in the juvenile justice system, the “Road Map” for its establishment and the National Strategy “Vision for deinstitutionalization of children in Bulgaria”.

Mrs. Tanja Radocaj, UNICEF Representative for Bulgaria said:”The children in Montana Region are facing more challenges than some of their contemporaries in other parts of the country. That`s because of the higher levels of unemployment and poverty in the region. These lead to worsening of the indicators, regarding child wellbeing, like child mortality in the first year. Miracles don`t happen overnight, but we, from UNICEF, commit ourselves and believe that with the help of our partners, we can achieve small miracles for the children in the Region.”.

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