UN week in Moldova promotes role of youth, prevention of violence against children and access to services for the most vulnerable
Chisinau, 21 October 2013— The United Nations in the Republic of Moldova will mark the 68th anniversary of the Organization through a series of events in Chisinau and other localities of the country. Marked annually on October 24, the United Nations Day aims to promote the UN’s values and work around the world as well as the cooperation with the member-states.
The UN’s mandate aims to keep peace throughout the world, to develop friendly relations among nations, to improve the lives of people and to encourage respect for human rights and freedoms. Currently, the UN has 193 member-states.
The week-long campaign started today with the opening of a Joint Information and Services Bureau in Comrat, which provides men and women with better access to information and services in the area of employment, social protection, agriculture, cadastre and entrepreneurship. A total of 19 Joint Information and Services Bureaus have been created until now throughout the country with the support of UN Women and Government of Sweden.
A national campaign “Protect my Childhood” to be launched by the Ministry of Social Protection and Family in partnership with UNICEF on October 22 aims to prevent violence against children, promote positive parenting and use of non-violent disciplining practices as well as to mobilize professionals and communities to address abuse against children through awareness activities such as video spots, public lectures, informative classes and drawing and video competitions for children in all schools. A public-private partnership between UNICEF, Gas Natural Fenosa and the Association of Persons with Disabilities „Motivation” will help distribute leaflets on non-violent discipline with monthly electricity bills to almost 700,000 families in Moldova.
Young people in Moldova have huge potential to contribute to a more prosperous and fairer society for all. In the recent UN-led consultations on the future Moldova wants, young people said that what they want is better education, healthy lifestyle and job opportunities in a more tolerant, cohesive and sustainable society. UN agencies in Moldova have identified youth as a priority and the UN- Moldova Partnership Framework includes specific action for addressing youth issues. Heads of UN Agencies will visit on October 23 the UN Documentation Centre at the State University “Alecu Russo” in Balti and have a discussion with students on how they can actively engage in activities and taking decisions in their communities.
A joint effort of UNDP, UN Women, UNICEF and Government of Sweden, the Report on Roma in Moldova in communities with high concentration of Roma population to be launched on UN Day, October 24, presents an analysis of the situation of Roma people in Moldova in fields such as education, health, migration, employment, living standards and lifestyle. Report data will be used for the elaboration, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes which aim at improving the situation of Roma population, integration and inclusion of this ethnic group, elimination of the existing discriminatory practices, and also for reporting on the commitments of the Government of the Republic of Moldova in the field of human rights.
“United Nations Day reminds us all of the UN’s founding ideals to work together for peace, development and human rights for all. As the UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon notes, in a world that is ever more connected, we must be still more united. Here in Moldova, we see multiple examples of what collective action can do. The United Nations remains committed to supporting the Republic of Moldova to achieve the Future it Wants“, said Nicola Harrington-Buhay, UN Resident Coordinator in the Republic of Moldova.
The Republic of Moldova joined the United Nations on March 2, 1992. As a UN Member-state, Moldova has ratified various international agreements and UN Conventions, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, and the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
The United Nations established a presence in the Republic of Moldova soon after the country joined the United Nations in 1992. Over twenty resident and non-resident UN specialised agencies, funds and programmes work in Moldova, contributing to the achievement of the country’s development priorities.
The UN–Republic of Moldova Partnership Framework for 2013-2017 “Towards Unity in Action” supports Moldova’s priorities and development challenges in three priority areas: (1) democratic governance, justice, equality and human rights; (2) human development and social inclusion; and (3) environment, climate change and disaster risk management.
More about United Nations work in Moldova at www.un.md.
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