11 December 2006 - A 12-day long programme in Serbia marking UNICEF’s 60th anniversary with the theme “Remembering the Past and Looking towards the Future” culminated in a reception held on 11 December with the participation of a large number of government officials, ambassadors, national and international partners, celebrities and opinion leaders.
The celebration of UNICEF’s 60th anniversary started with the exhibition of photographs presenting the key moments of UNICEF in Yugoslavia and Serbia in “Progres” Gallery, in Belgrade. The opening of the exhibition was on 30 November and will run until 11 December, the day of UNICEF’s birthday. A series of events presenting UNICEF’s programmes will also be held in the same gallery from 1-11 December.
UN Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children presented to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia
Belgrade, 1 November 2006 - Much violence against children remains hidden and is often socially approved, according to the United Nations Secretary-General’s Study on Violence against Children presented to the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. The report on the Study was presented to the UN General Assembly on 12 October by Professor Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, the Independent Expert appointed by the Secretary-General to lead the Study. For the first time, a single document provides a comprehensive global view of the range and scale of violence against children. The Republic of Serbia provided its valuable contributions in the consultations process during the development of this Study.
UNICEF and RTS partner for child rights
Belgrade, 18 October 2006 – The Public Broadcasting Institution of Serbia (RTS) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) have today signed an agreement to work together on advocacy for and promotion of children’s rights in Serbia.
The purpose of the partnership, signed in the year when UNICEF celebrates its 60th anniversary, is to provide support in meeting children’s basic needs and expanding opportunities to reach their full potential.
Private sector in Serbia unites for "School without Violence"
The companies Banca Intesa, Al grosso with its brands Chupa Chups and Pez, PTT Srbija and NIS Petrol are among the first to recognise the significance of the issue of violence, and have expressed their willingness to actively contribute to solving the problem. Each of these companies “has adopted” a school thereby enabling it to get involved in the programme.
Commercial Bank supports "School without Violence" programme
The Commercial Bank a.d. Belgrade has joined UNICEF in the implementation of the “School without Violence” programme in Serbia with the objective of enabling a larger number of schools to join the programme. .
During the month of October, the Commercial Bank will support the “School without Violence” programme by allocating 50% of the membership fee for each newly issued Visa and MasterCard international payment card. The card users will at the same time save 50% of the fee for card printing.
With the funds collected for the “School without Violence” programme during the month of October, the Commercial Bank will give a chance to several schools to join the initiative and create a safe and enabling environment for children to learn and grow.
Three “adopted” schools join the School without Violence programme
PTT, Banca Intesa and Al grosso are the first companies in Serbia to “adopt” schools thereby enabling them to join the School without Violence programme.
The three schools that joined the programme are:
“1. oktobar” Basaid, Kikinda, adopted by JP PTT saobracaja „Srbija“
“Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” Pancevo, adopted by Al grosso (distributor of Pez and Chupa Chups products)
“Vasa Zivkovic” Pancevo, adopted by Banca Intesa
19 July 2006 - Launch of the Behavior Management Programme for Juveniles in the Juvenile Correctional Institution in Krusevac
The Behavior Management Programme for Juveniles, implemented in cooperation between UNICEF, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Serbia was launched in Juvenile Correctional Institution in Krusevac (JCIK) on Wednesday, 19 July 2006. H.E. Mr. Zoran Stojkovic, Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Ann-Lis Svensson, UNICEF Area Representative and Mr. Dragan Azdejkovic, Major of the City of Krusevac, representatives of the partner organisations together with other local and regional Government officials visited the Juvenile Correctional Institution in Krusevac on 19 July when they saw the overall progress of the reform of the institution achieved within the Juvenile Justice Reform Project “Children’s Chance for Change”.
July 2006 2006 - Capacity building of police representatives on psychological and ethical standards of conduct with juveniles
As a part of “Children Chance for Change” project, there was a cycle of 9 seminars conducted for police representatives, Academy professors, field mentors and members of Police republican team for combating juvenile delinquency, on psychological and ethical standards of conduct with juveniles. The goal of the seminars, held in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Zrenjanin, Pozarevac, Nis, Cacak and Valjevo during the period 11 July – 14 August 2006, was to enable police members to perform the first contact with juveniles which respects psychological and ethical requirements in line with child rights and internationally recognized standards of conduct with juveniles.
14 Serbian municipalities are developing their Local Plans of Action for children (LPA)
Belgrade, 9 June 2006 - Mayors from 14 Serbian municipalities have gathered in Belgrade to announce the beginning of work on developing the municipal Plans of Action for children (LPA). In this way, they have made a commitment to put children at the top of the local development agenda.
LPAs are strategic documents which define policies and priority actions until the year 2010, with a special emphasis on the poorest and most excluded children and families.
Carl Lewis jump-starts "School without Violence" in Serbia
"The UNICEF programme is so important because young people need to come together and work out problems", said Carl Lewis to an audience made up of Serbian dignitaries, business leaders, government officials and journalists.
20 April 2006 - Carl Lewis joined UNICEF in Belgrade to promote and support the "School without Violence" programme
Addressing the audience of a number of Serbian businessmen, Ministers and government officials, public figures and the media, at the donor coctail Carl Lewis thanked UNICEF for giving him an oportunity to join "School without Violence" programme.
15 April 2006 - 13th Baby Marathon
Within its partnership with Belgrade Marathon, UNICEF supported the Thirteen Baby Marathon held on 15 April 2006 in the Belgrade Zoo where 134 pre-school children run. Twelve finalists will meet up with one of the best athletes of all times, Carl Lewis, for a "public lesson in athletics".
Carl Lewis, a special guest of "19th Belgrade Banca Intesa Marathon" will be promoting the UNICEF-supported "School without Violence" programme.
4 April 2006 - New Partnership for the "School without Violence"
The Belgrade Marathon has now joined in the partnership for the “School without Violence“. The slogan of this year’s marathon is “19th Belgrade Banca Intesa Marathon – for School without Violence“.