UNICEF AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ARMENIA SIGN SIX-YEAR ACTION PLAN
YEREVAN, 24 June 2010 – UNICEF and the Government of Armenia signed today a Country Programme Action Plan that will serve as a roadmap for UNICEF, government agencies and civil society in fulfillment of children’s rights in the period from 2010 to 2015.
“We are building on 16 years of a successful partnership with the Government of Armenia and are looking forward to many more years of productive co-operation”, UNICEF Representative in Armenia Laylee Moshiri said at the signing ceremony.
The six-year Action Plan between UNICEF and the Government of Armenia takes into account objectives set out in the Sustainable Development Plan, the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the National Plan of Action for the Protection of Children’s Rights, a framework adopted by the Government to improve the status of children in Armenia.
The agreement outlines main directions and strategies that UNICEF and the Government of Armenia will be pursuing in the coming six years to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), improve the status of children and women in the country and create a protective environment for all children without exclusion.
In particular, UNICEF and the Government of Armenia will step up their efforts to bring improvements in such areas as social policies to address child poverty, development of local action plans to enable communities set up and provide better social services to vulnerable families and children, promotion of inclusive education and the right of children to grow in a family, creation of new fora and mechanisms to ensure participation of youth and children in decision-making processes. Among other activities, the six-year cooperation agreement also emphasizes the support to a viable child protection system that ensures a set of services within different sectors to protect children, and envisages stronger interaction and collaboration with the National Assembly of Armenia and the Office of the Human Rights Defender of Armenia.
UNICEF established its presence in Armenia in 1994. UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to meet their full potential.