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Latest news and press releases from 2016 in chronological order, most recent one on top

Kindergartens without Borders – Where Communities Gathers
“I get up, brush my teeth, get dressed, and I’m off to kindergarten.” This is how Dejana Ametovic, a bright-eyed six-year-old girl with a warm, inquisitive look on her face describes her weekday routine. Sometimes she wakes up too early, eager to join...

EU and UNICEF widen partnership to better protect child rights in South-East Europe
GENEVA/ BRUSSELS, 4 August 2016 – The European Union (EU) and UNICEF have broadened an important regional partnership that aims to protect children from violence and better include children with disabilities into society.

Members of the Serbia Women's National Basketball Team Urge Citizens to Join the Friends of UNICEF Club
Belgrade, 25 July 2016 - Marina Maljković, Head Coach of the Serbia women’s national basketball team, and players Danielle Page, Saša Čađo and Nevena Jovanović visited the UNICEF stall in the Mercator Shopping Center. During the visit they urged...

In Serbia, building confidence through music
Until recently, enroling in school had been a challenge for Petra. The local school in her hometown refused to accept her, and she and her father were forced to relocate closer to a school for children with disabilities. It was only by chance that she...

UNICEF in Serbia survey on Corporate Social Responsibility focused on children
Belgrade, 18 July 2016 – At the end of 2015 UNICEF in Serbia conducted a survey, in cooperation with Serbian companies, in order to assess whether the business sector in Serbia is implementing responsible business principles focused on children and...

Zahra in the mirror
She has journeyed several thousand kilometres and spent months in refugee camps in Turkey and Greece. Now she is counting her last days in a makeshift refugee camp on the Serbian-Hungarian border. If she and her family are lucky, in a few days...

The Friends of UNICEF Club has 135 new members
Belgrade, 7 July 2016 - Aleksandar Sasa Djordjevic, UNICEF in Serbia National Ambassador and Head Coach of the Serbian national basketball team, visited the UNICEF stall in the Usce Shopping Center, where he spoke with UNICEF Facers who are involved in...

Poverty, illiteracy and early deaths await world’s most disadvantaged children
New York, 28 June 2016 – Based on current trends, 69 million children will die from mostly preventable causes, 167 million children will live in poverty, and 750 million women will have been married as children by 2030, the target date for...

A fair chance for every child
Deprivation in childhood touches every area of children’s lives, compromising their health, safety and education.Every child is born with the inherent right to a healthy start in life, an education and a safe, secure childhood.

The long road to safety in Serbia
Bahir is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed the Mediterranean Sea since the beginning of 2015 to seek safety and protection in Europe. Today, he's living with the Petrovics, a foster family in Serbia, while he waits...

UNICEF/Ipsos global poll: Eighty per cent of 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of online sexual abuse
NEW YORK, 7 June 2016 – Eight out of ten 18-year-olds believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online, and more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviours while using the internet ...

Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with UNICEF on responsible business practices focused on children
Belgrade, 20 May 2016 – Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia (SCCI) and UNICEF signed today a Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at creating a professional environment which respects and supports children’s rights and promotes corporate...

UNICEF: Parents, Be “Connected“ With Your Children
Belgrade, May 10, 2016 – As much as 73 percent of parents in Serbia think that they possess competencies and knowledge to react adequately to dangerous and risky situations on the Internet. Only slightly more than 50 percent of parents think they are...

Making the wait worthwhile: adapting child-friendly spaces for longer-term stays
“This is my picture; do you like it?” asks Moheb Ullah, an 8-year-old boy from Afghanistan, as he presents a collage for inspection. He has been in the Presevo Reception Centre, near Serbia’s southern border with...

World Bank Group, UNICEF urge greater investment in early childhood development
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2016 – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake today jointly urged global and national leaders to step up and accelerate action and investments in nutrition and early childhood...

Second Chance Directs Uros Towards a Brighter Future
Uros Savkovic is locked in a one-on-one duel with Ivan Djordjevic. They duck, dodge and feint around the concrete basketball court, battling for possession. At 18, Uros has youth on his side. But Ivan has the benefit of experience, and...

International Roma Day
Belgrade, 8 April 2016 - On the occasion of International Roma Day, the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, the United Nations Country Team in Serbia, the OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade reaffirm our strong...

The Government of Japan and UNIQLO provide assistance to refugee children and families in Serbia
Belgrade, 7 April 2016 – The Japanese company UNIQLO, as UNICEF’s global partner, has provided a total of 6,500 pieces of clothing to help refugee and migrant children in Serbia, some of which were distributed during the winter months.

Stranded in Serbia, children find creative joy
The children around the table fell silent, fixing their attention on their friend. “I enjoy planting flowers. It reminds me of my grandmother,” 12-year old Siba was saying. “It’s what we used to do together, but she’s still in Syria. I miss her.”

Open Call to Political Parties in Serbia: It Takes a Child to Raise a Country
UNICEF in Serbia appeals to all political parties participating in the 2016 elections to integrate key child rights issues into their party programmes. This is a critical moment: new visions are being built, promises are made, and citizens decide...

87 million children under 7 have known nothing but conflict - UNICEF
NEW YORK, 24 March 2016 – More than 86.7 million children under the age of 7 have spent their entire lives in conflict zones, putting their brain development at risk, UNICEF said today.

New EU-Turkey agreement on refugee and migrants could leave children at risk
GENEVA, 22 March 2016 – UNICEF today expressed concern that the new agreement between the EU and Turkey, which comes into effect this week, does not address the pressing humanitarian needs of 19,000 refugee and migrant children stranded in Greece.

The Family Outreach Worker Service Project Presented to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall in Belgrade
Belgrade, 16 March 2016 - The Family Outreach Worker Service Project, jointly implemented by the Government of Serbia, its Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, UNICEF and the Novak Djokovic Foundation was introduced today to...

TV stations should immediately begin complying with the regulations on protection of children from harmful programmes
Belgrade, 1 March 2016 - The conclusion of the roundtable organised in Belgrade by UNICEF in Serbia, the Association of Journalists of Serbia (UNS) and the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM) is that the regulations in the area of...

UNHCR, UNICEF launch Blue Dot hubs to boost protection for children and families on the move across Europe
GENEVA, 26 February, 2016 – As part of a joint endeavour to step up protection for the growing numbers of children and others with specific needs arriving in Europe, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and UNICEF are setting up special support...

FC Barcelona, UNICEF mark 10 years of partnership for children and look ahead to next 4 years
BARCELONA, 25 February 2016 – FC Barcelona and UNICEF renewed their commitment to the most vulnerable children today, signing a new 4-year agreement. The renewal comes as the two organizations mark the 10-year anniversary of a partnership that already...

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake on the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement in Syria
New York, February 22: For Syria’s children, today’s agreement on the terms of a cessation of hostilities is welcome news after five years of brutal conflict. UNICEF welcomes this diplomatic progress. Now it must be matched by action.

With growing numbers of child deaths at sea, UN agencies call for enhancing safety for refugees and migrants
GENEVA, 19 February 2016 – An average of two children have drowned every day since September 2015 as their families try to cross the eastern Mediterranean, and the number of child deaths is growing said IOM, UNHCR, and UNICEF. The agencies are calling...

Government of Japan approved additional grant aid in response to the refugee and migrant crisis in Serbia
3 February 2016 – The Embassy of Japan in Serbia has announced that the Government of Japan has approved an additional grant of US $4.57 million in response to the refugee and migrant crisis in Serbia.

In the midst of a difficult migration child-friendly spaces allow children to be children again
Serbia, 20-22 January 2016 - As the proportion of child refugees and migrants arriving into Europe increases, providing opportunities for children to be children again, and for mothers to rest and nurse their babies in privacy -- if only for a few...

Children’s TV programme – The Squad – to be broadcast in February
Belgrade, 28 January 2016 – The Squad, a TV programme for children will be broadcast on Serbia’s public service broadcaster, Radio Television of Serbia (RTS), from February. The purpose of the programme is to offer children more educational television...

Bringing much needed joy to refugee and migrant children
Presevo, Serbia, December 2015 - So far, over half a million refugees and migrants have passed through Serbia. Every third person is a child. Their journeys of thousands of miles are being made more difficult by hunger, the cold, and unfamiliar...

UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Belgrade, 22 January 2016 - UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Yoka Brandt, as part of her three-day visit to Serbia, met with the Minister Foreign Affairs, Mr. Ivica Dacic.

UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director Visits Serbia
Belgrade, 20 January 2016 - UNICEF's Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Yoka Brandt, has started her three-day visit to Serbia in order to see for herself the situation of the refugee and migrant children and their families, but also to meet with...

Winter: UNICEF Expresses Concern over the Health of Children on the Move
Geneva, 19 January 2016 – Children arriving into a harsh winter in southeastern Europe are physically exhausted, scared, distressed and often in need of medical assistance, UNICEF warned.

Launch of the Info-line for parents
Belgrade, 11 January 2016 - The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and UNICEF launched the "Info-line for parents – support to inclusive education", which is being operated by the Initiative for Inclusion VelikiMali.



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