Working with and for Children in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The legacy of the conflict that befell Bosnia and Herzegovina remains today. This legacy has been left to the children, those growing up in a world where divides persist and where poverty is a daily reality. Fourteen years after the devastating 1992-1995 war too many children continue to face a reality shaped by poverty and exclusion. With the special focus on equity, UNICEF continues to work closely with government partners in support of the education, health, social welfare and justice reform processes, revision of the legal frameworks, the development of standards and guidelines for child protection and inclusion. UNICEF also continues to develop capacities to strengthen systems and promote access to quality inclusive services at local level. UNICEF, together with partners, plans to support the country to address the major problems that children are facing. The overarching goal of the Programme of Cooperation for 2010-2014 is to strengthen social inclusion for children and social cohesion within the country by working with governmental and civil society organisations, institutions and communities on sustainable programmes. In 2014 the Convention on the Rights of the Child will mark a quarter of a century of its existence.This will also be the penultimate period as the world approaches 2015 and the target year for the Millennium Development Goals. These are key commitments made by world leaders back in 2000 to spur development by improving social and economic conditions.