President of Moldova thanks UNICEF for its contribution to the National Development Plan.
President Vladimir Voronin personally thanked UNICEF during his visit to the UN House in Chisinau
CHISINAU, 22 October 2007 — The President of the Republic of Moldova, Vladimir Voronin visited the United Nations House on October 22 on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of accession of Moldova to the United Nations Organization, celebrated on October 24. During the meeting with the heads of UN agencies, including the head of UNICEF office, Ray Virgilio Torres, the head of the Moldovan state expressed his high appreciation for the work of the UNICEF office in Chisinau and his consideration for the contribution of UNICEF to the development of the National Development Plan 2008-2011.
“The government of the country gives high priority to children and elderly people, who need support and the National Development Plan focuses particularly on these two groups,” Mr Voronin said.
The Moldovan president also mentioned that the United Nations, including UNICEF, have strengthened their position and extended their scope of work in the country, both by means of an increased number of institutions and implemented projects and increased volume of provided assistance. At the end of the visit, President Vladimir Voronin signed the book of guests of honour of the UN House.
The Republic of Moldova joined the United Nations Organization in 1992. The first agency to open an office in Chisinau was the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 1993. The United Nations House was officially inaugurated on July 15, 1999, as part of the plan to join the efforts of UN agencies to efficiently support the development of the Republic of Moldova and the solution of problems of the country and its people.
The UN family in Moldova includes several UN agencies: United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), World Health Organization (WHO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), National Commission for UNESCO, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Bretton Woods institutions – International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, as well as other funds and programs providing assistance to Moldova.
UNICEF is on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.