Belgrade, 11 December 2007 - In the organisation of the Serbian Parliamentary Board for Health and Family and UNICEF, a public Hearing on "Child Health - Challenges and Solutions" was held today at the Serbian Parliament. The theme was selected based on the MICS 3 findings, and this was the first public debate on children's issues ever organised in the Serbian Parliament.
The hearing was chaired and facilitated by the President of the Health and Family Board, PM Snezana Stojanovic-Plavsic, while the Parliamentary Speaker Mr. Oliver Dulic gave an introductory speech and welcomed the audience among whom there were 15 parliamentarians and a number of government representatives, national health experts, members of the international organisations and media professionals.
Belgrade, 6 December 2007 - Jelena Jankovic, No. 3 female tennis player, have been innaugurated a new UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia today.
As UNICEF National Ambassador, Jelena will use her name and her fame to advocate for the rights of children and adolescents in Serbia. In this respect, her contribution will add up to the positive changes that are occurring for children and adolescents in Serbia.
Jelena will take a special interest in adolescents and young people and her work will be directed towards the promotion of their rights.
TELETHON for the first time in Serbia
On 2 December 2007 at 21:00 hrs on RTS First Channel two-hours fundraising show for children in Serbiaorganised by UNICEF and Radio Television of Serbia (RTS).
CALL 0900-609-009 or 063-9009
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Your calls will be answered by UNICEF National Ambassadors - Ana Ivanović, Emir Kusturica, Saša Djordjević and Jelena Janković - and 20 other celebrities.
Pandemic preparations underway with Japanese support
The governments of Serbia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are undergoing preparations for handling crisis communication in the event of a health crisis.
Belgrade, 27 November 2007 – In cooperation with the Ministry of Health of Serbia and thanks to the generous contribution of the Government of Japan, UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS and UNICEF Serbia Office began today a three day high-level symposium on crisis communication and media relations in a health emergency with special focus on pandemic influenza.
Belgrade, 14 November 2007 - The Public Broadcasting Corporation - Radio Television of Serbia and the European Agency for Reconstruction in cooperation with UNICEF Serbia Office have announced today the beginning of a broadcast of 25 episode long documentary TV serial "Serbia Fit for Children". The objective of this serial is to strengthen the awareness and understanding of child rights at all levels of Serbian society. The first episode will be aired on RTS 2nd channel on Saturday, 17 November 2007 at 21:00 hrs.
Roundtable on "Juvenile Justice in Serbia - Open Dialogue among Institutions at Central and Local Levels"
Belgrade, 8 November 2007 - In cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of the Interior, the UN-Habitat, UNODC and UNICEF Offices organised today a roundtable on Juvenile Delinquency in Serbia. The objective of the roundatble is to have a constructive dialogue on juvenile delinquency, as well as on drug abuse prevention, urban security and safety.
Representatives of the referral institutions from Valjevo, Cacak, Kragujevac, Nis and Pancevo presented their activities in this domain. Experiences from the local and central levels were shared, which will contribute to strengthening the cooperation and joint activities.
Bus for Safe and Enabling Schools in Serbia
Belgrade, 26 October 2007 - The latest public action to promote UNICEF’s “School without Violence“ programme is the UNICEF-blue public bus with “Together for Children“ and “For Safe and Enabling Schools for Children“ slogans. The GSP and marketing agency “Masel“in this way joined the growing Programme supporters’ family.
Thanks to individual donations by citizens of Serbia and corporate partners an additional 25 schools have joined the programme this school year, which makes the total of 101 schools involved.
Initiative For Legal Ban of Corporal Punishment of Children
2 October 2007 - Eighteen child rights organisations in Serbia, lead by Save the Children Fund UK and UNICEF, call for legal ban of corporal punishment. The initiative will be promoted through a campaign that begins on 2 October.
Belgrade, September 14, 2007 – Ana Ivanovic, the world No. 6 tennis player, has been inaugurated today a UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia at an official ceremony in Belgrade-based primary school “Vladimir Rolovic”. The newly appointed Ambassador has donated funds for the “School without Violence” Programme, which will enable three additional schools in Serbia to begin to implement this programme.
“This is a very emotional and one of the most beautiful days in my life”, Ana Ivanovic said. “I am here today with you thanks to love and support I have had from my parents, my family, my friends, my coach, my teachers. I loved to go to school as much as I loved to play tennis. I felt safe in school. Unfortunately, for so many children this is not the case. UNICEF research in Serbian primary schools show that two thirds of children have been exposed to some sort of violence and bullying at school. We have to do something about this”, Ana said.
She made a public call to Serbian businessmen and companies to join in and donate for the “School without Violence” programme. “This is not a question of money. This is about how to solve the problems of kids”, Ana said. “I am asking you to think about children. I am asking you to ask children whether they are happy in school. Let us please do everything we can to help each other”, Ana concluded.
Belgrade, 10 September 2007 – Ms. Jelena Jankovic and Ms. Ana Ivanovic have been appointed new National Ambassadors for UNICEF in Serbia. The inauguration ceremonies of the world No. 3 and No. 6 female tennis players will be held in Belgrade in the following weeks.
As UNICEF National Ambassadors, Jelena and Ana will use their names and their fame to advocate for the rights of children and adolescents in Serbia. In this respect, their contribution will add up to the positive changes that are occurring for children and adolescents in Serbia.
Another 5 Serbian municipalities are developing their Local Plans of Action for Children (LPA)
Five new Serbian municipalities - Bečej, Bojnik, Kraljevo, Novi Pazar and Vladičin Han - have joined UNICEF's LPA initiative and are developing their Local Plans of Action for Children (LPA). Currently in Serbia LPAs are being implemented in 16 municipalities: Kragujevac, Pirot, Sjenica, Kanjiža, Senta, Valjevo, Kruševac, Lebane, Bela Palanka, Prokuplje, Vranje, Prijepolje, Priboj, Nova Varoš, Ljubovija and Osečina.
UNICEF Serbia Office and European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) 2007 have agreed to work together around EYOF 2007 that will take place in Belgrade, between 21 and 28 July, 2007, and will promote the sport as an essential instrument in ensuring that children develop into responsible and caring individuals, that help young people meet the challenges they face and prepare them to assume leadership roles within their communities. At the same time UNICEF Serbia Office is accepting applications from young people who want to become volunteers for UNICEF.
Serbian survey highlights poverty gaps
The figures come from the first national household survey in Serbia to include specific assessments of the poorest 20 per cent of the population and Roma living in Roma settlements. The results of the survey, carried out in 2005, show that while Serbia’s economic and social development policies have resulted in significant improvements for many, disparities that are often related to poverty and ethnicity are still large and need to be urgently addressed.
UNICEF study on the situation of Roma Children in South East Europe and Council of Europe/European Commission’s “Dosta!” campaign
Belgrade, 16 May 2007 – UNICEF launched report "Breaking the Cycle of Exclusion: Roma Children in South East Europe" on a joint press conference promoting Council of Europe/European Commission’s “Dosta!” campaign aimed against prejudices towards Roma people.
Report "Breaking the cycle of exclusion: Roma children in South East Europe" launched
Berlin, 5 March 2007 – Launching "Breaking the cycle of exclusion: Roma children in South East Europe" UNICEF calls upon the European governments to safeguard that Roma Children enjoy the same rights regarding health, education and protection as all other children. On the occasion of the conference „Roma Children in Europe – between Integration and Isolation” UNICEF appeals to politicians, media and authorities to lobby for the abolishment of prejudices towards the eight to ten million members of the largest minority in Europe and to fight the widespread racism towards Roma.
Over 300,000 children in Serbia today live in poverty and exclusion
Belgrade, 8 February 2007 – Despite the important steps that have been taken to improve the status of children in Serbia since the late 1990s, there are still over 300,000 children today who are living in poverty or are at risk of poverty according to a UNICEF Report released today.
The State of Children in Serbia 2006 Report – Poor and Excluded Children, produced jointly by the Republic Statistical Office in Serbia, the Council for Child Rights of the Republic of Serbia and UNICEF Belgrade Office, is based on the unique information and statistics derived from the unpublished “Research on Family Beliefs and Care Practices” and “Survey on Child Poverty”, and includes the most recent striking indicators and data from the 2006 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS).