UNICEF and the Government of Montenegro discuss key results in promotion of child rights in 2010
Annual review meeting of the Government of Montenegro and UNICEF in relation to the activities implemented and the results achieved during 2010PODGORICA, December 15, 2010. – H.E. Mr. Veselin Sukovic, Acting Director General for Multilateral Relations from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF Montenegro Representative Noala Skinner will co-chair the 2010 Annual Review Meeting of the Government and UNICEF in the conference room of the old Government building on Wednesday, December 15, from 9.30 to 13.00. Ms. Vesna Vucurovic, Deputy Minister of Education, Ms. Gorica Savovic, Deputy Minister of Health, Ms. Branka Lakocevic, Deputy Minister of Justice, Mr. Sabahudin Delic, Deputy Minister for Human and Minority Rights, Ms. Svetlana Rajkovic, Deputy Minister for European Integration, Ms. Svetlana Sovilj, Advisor in the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, Mr. Sucko Bakovic, Ombudsman, and representatives of relevant state institutions, NGOs and UN will attend the meeting and participate in the discussion about the key results achieved in promotion of child rights in 2010.
The meeting will begin with a 30 min movie about the most significant results achieved through the Programme of Cooperation between the Government and UNICEF in 2010. As the movie shows, 2010 has been a special year for Montenegro and its most vulnerable children. A year when the voices and faces of children with disability took centre stage. A year when young Roma activists mobilized to educate their peers on healthy living and practices. A year that saw new momentum in the move towards decentralization and de-institutionalization. A year when landmark strategies and laws for children were developed including in early childhood, juvenile justice, combating family violence, and anti-trafficking. A year when the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child published its first ever set of recommendations for Montenegro charting a path for children’s rights in the period ahead. A special year for those who are Montenegro’s children today, but Europe’s citizens tomorrow. An important year in the quest for equity and inclusion.
Some of the key highlights from 2010 include production and distribution of half of a million leaflets and 4 fifteen minute documentaries to all Montenegrin maternity wards, schools for pregnant women and health centers. For the first time in Montenegro, the material will enable parents to easily access reliable information on key issues related to pregnancy, labour, breastfeeding and early child care and development within the heath-care institutions.
The first ever Law on Juvenile Justice was finalized in 2010 and more than 200 juvenile justice professionals from all sectors (judges, prosecutors, police officers, social welfare professionals and correctional officers) from all parts of Montenegro were trained on child rights and international standards in juvenile justice.
Three municipalities – Kotor, Rozaje and Ulcinj - started developing Local Plans of Action for Children with UNICEF support in 2010.
UNICEF conducted a series of surveys in 2010 including about the reproductive health among the most at risk adolescents; EU Youth Opinion Poll; knowledge, attitudes and practice survey on children with disabilities.
Active child participation was promoted through the support of the spreading of network of school parliaments throughout the country and their active involvement in discussion with the decision-makers in the Parliament on the 21st anniversary of UN CRC.
In 2010, training on intensive interaction therapy for parents and professionals working with children with disabilities had a significant impact on the lives of children with disabilities, as visible improvements have been noticed in their communication and relationships as a result of the practicing of this therapy. With UNICEF support, professionals for orientation of children with disability into the inclusive education were trained in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Handicap International. Finally, the Government and UNICEF, together with a wide coalition of partners from all sectors of the society, implemented a three month awareness raising campaign on inclusion of children with disabilities into the society “It’s about ability”.
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