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Mr. Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative

Mr. Benjamin Perks has been appointed the UNICEF Representative in Montenegro as of August 2011. In his capacity of Representative, Mr. Perks is responsible for the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring, together with the Government, of the Country Programme Action Plan between UNICEF and the Government of Montenegro.

The country programme comprises two mutually reinforcing components: child protection and social inclusion; and child rights, policies and planning. These reflect the unique contribution the programme can make in supporting Government of Montenegro in achieving UN and EU standards in social policy reform for children and in harmonization of child related national legislation with UN and EU standards. In cooperation with state institutions, UN agencies (in the context of the UN Integrated Programme) and civil society organizations UNICEF also works in implementation of the activities related to comprehensive child protection system reform  in the area of Juvenile Justice system, in combating and preventing HIV/AIDS, in Early Child Development, in implementation of Child Centered Education with inclusion of Roma and other excluded children, inclusion and mainstreaming of children with disabilities, de-institutionalization and addressing violence in families and schools.

Previousely, Mr. Perks served as Deputy Representative at the UNICEF Office in Georgia. Prior to that engagement he was Deputy Head of Office at the UNICEF Office in Kosovo. Within the last 10 years he also served in UNICEF offices in Afghanistan, India and Albania.

"It's an optimistic and positive period to work in Montenegro when the Government of Montenegro is on its way towards joining the EU. UNICEF will continue to strongly support the Government of Montenegro through the EU accession process and fulfilment of 7 key priorities, especially related to multi-sectoral reform of the child and social protection system," said Mr. Perks upon stepping up into a new duty.

Benjamin Perks studied History and Politics at University of Hertfordshire, UK and earned a Master’s Degree in International Conflict Analysis (Political science/International Relations) at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK.



 

 

 
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