The results of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys reveal limited progress and growing disparities for children and women in Serbia
Belgrade, 22 December 2014 – The final results of the 2014 Serbia Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS 5) and 2014 Serbia Roma Settlements Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey indicate that the status of children and women has not significantly changed compared to 2010. This year's data clearly show that there are large disparities in the status of certain groups of children; depending on whether they live in urban or rural area, on the level of education and socio-economic status of their parents. The preliminary results were published in July, only two months after the completion of the fieldwork, and today, the final report containing the complete findings of the surveys was presented.
UNICEF Serbia statement regarding the government’s intentions to introduce a legal ban on corporal punishment of children
The Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs has publically confirmed its intentions to introduce a ban on corporal punishment as an amendment to the existing Family Law. UNICEF welcomes the initiative since corporal punishment of any kind violates the rights of the child to dignity, physical integrity, as well as the right to non-discrimination and equal protection under the law.
With 15 million children caught up in major conflicts, UNICEF declares 2014 a devastating year for children
NEW YORK/GENEVA, 8 December 2014 – The year 2014 has been one of horror, fear and despair for millions of children, as worsening conflicts across the world saw them exposed to extreme violence and its consequences, forcibly recruited and deliberately targeted by warring groups, UNICEF said today. Yet many crises no longer capture the world’s attention, warned the children’s agency.
Eastern European and Central Asian countries promote better access to HIV testing for adolescents on World AIDS Day
TBILISI/GENEVA, 1 December 2014 — A European Union (EU)-UNICEF conference on “Good practices in working with vulnerable adolescents, reducing their HIV risks and building their resilience” is being held in Tbilisi, Georgia in partnership with non-state and government partners from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244), Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Romania, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
THE FUTURE IS ALREADY HERE – WE HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT TO DO WITH IT - The State of the World’s Children and the Situation in Serbia
Belgrade, 21 November 2014 – UNICEF’s The State of the World’s Children Report – Reimagine the Future: Innovation for Every Child calls on governments, development professionals, businesses, activists and communities to work together to drive new ideas for tackling some of the most pressing problems facing children – and to find new ways of scaling up the best and most promising local innovations.
Serbia marks the 25th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the National Assembly
Belgrade, 20 November 2014 – The 25th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child was marked today at a public hearing in the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia. Achievements in the area of child rights in Serbia were reviewed, but participants also highlighted the still present inequalities and problems that prevent the full realisation of the rights of every child in the country, especially when it comes to the rights of children living and working on the streets.
UNICEF Representative meets with President of Serbia
Belgrade, 17 November 2014 – In the wake of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Mr. Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, met with the President of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Tomislav Nikolic.
Staying at School in Serbia
A UNICEF pilot project identifies pupils at risk of dropping out – and provides them and their schools with the support they need.
The Responsibility of the Business Sector for Present and Future Generations
Belgrade, 12 November 2014 – In anticipation of the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Business Info Group and UNICEF held a conference today about corporate social responsibility - The Responsibility of the Business Sector for Present and Future Generations.
Governments in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia commit to ending violence against all children
MINSK, 12 November 2014 – For thousands of children across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, violence is a daily reality. More than two thirds of children in the region have experienced violence at some point in their lives. Today, governments, experts and civil society have come together to reaffirm their commitment to place ending violence against children at the centre of their national dialogue and policies.
Kindergartens without Borders - Supporting Every Child's Right to Preschool Education in Serbia (VIDEO)
In Krupanj, one of the municipalities that were affected by floods and subsequent landslides, the local government and preschool are working together in order to increase the capacity of the preschool institution and thus further the support to families to return to normal life as soon as possible, through the inclusion of children in quality preschool programmes.
Communicating with Children - TV programmes for Children in Serbia
Belgrade, 5 November 2014 - The findings of the analysis of children's programmes and the perceptions of children and parents, as well as the analysis of the electronic media regulations in selected countries in the region and Europe were presented in a sub-regional roundtable organised by the Journalists’ Association of Serbia and UNICEF in Belgrade.
Ana Ivanovic, UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia: No child should live in fear of violence
Belgrade, 29 October 2014 - Ana Ivanovic, Serbia’s best ranked female tennis player and UNICEF National Ambassador for Serbia, and Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, met today with pupils, principals and parents from four Belgrade primary and secondary schools which implement the School without Violence programme, as well as the donors who support the work of UNICEF.
International Day of the Girl Child
NEW YORK, 10 October 2014 – Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF is issuing a new compilation of data revealing the magnitude of violence against adolescent girls and the alarming attitudes that perpetuate such abuse
Serbia Celebrates Children’s Week
Belgrade, 6-12 October 2014 - This year’s theme of Children’s Week is focused on the family. It is the loving and caring family environment in which all children can thrive and reach their full potential.
Education for all – Together
A network of education professionals is opening up Serbia’s schools to children of all backgrounds and abilities – with support from UNICEF.
UNICEF’s on-going assistance to families and children from flooded areas
Belgrade, 3 October 2014 – Yesterday, UNICEF delivered backpacks to 6,635 pupils from the “Jefimija” Primary School and eight other primary schools in Obrenovac, as well as two in Krupanj. This delivery is part of UNICEF’s on-going assistance for families and children affected by the floods.
Launch of the Kindergartens without Borders 2 Project
Belgrade, 30 September 2014 – The "Kindergartens without Borders 2 - Quality Inclusive Preschool Education in Serbia" project, which is implemented by UNICEF, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the Centre for Interactive Pedagogy and other partners, with the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, was launched at the Museum of Science and Technology in Belgrade.
Kindergartens without Borders
More children from isolated and vulnerable families in Serbia are enjoying a pre-school education – thanks to inspiration from UNICEF’s Kindergarten without Borders concept.
Quality services for young people are necessary in local communities
Belgrade, 25 September 2014 - Today, a conference entitled "Youth Workers in the Youth Club: From Idea to Realisation - Young People Are OK," was organised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Association Youth Work Practitioners (NAPOR), UNICEF and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Serbia’s young people learn to help themselves
In tough economic times, the young people of Serbia need all the help they can get. Thanks to youth volunteer services and programmes supported by UNICEF, they are starting to help each other.
New Standards for the Accreditation of Maternity Wards and Neonatal Departments
Belgrade, 16 September 2014 – At the two-day “Multi-country Workshop on Development of Accreditation Standards for Maternity Wards and Neonatal Departments," it was concluded that child mortality rates in most of the countries in this region are lagging behind the EU average and experience big in-country disparities.
Improvement of efficiency of financial social assistance is necessary in the protection of children and families with children
Belgrade, 12 September 2014 - Today, UNICEF and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs, presented the “Family/Children Cash Benefits in Serbia – Analysis and Policy Recommendations”. The Study offers a detailed analysis of the current situation and recommendations for an all-encompassing revision of financial social assistance directed at children and families with children, in order to ensure better targeting and coverage of the most vulnerable children and their families.
From institutional isolation to a loving family home
UNICEF and the Government of Serbia have been working together to make the fostering system flexible and open for children with disabilities
Support vulnerable families to reduce reliance on institutional care
NEW YORK/GENEVA 10 September 2014 – At least 1.4 million children in 26 countries across Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia are growing up apart from their biological parents, often in institutional settings that can affect their development. Supporting families at risk of separation can reduce the need for institutional care and promote the right of all children to be raised in a nurturing family environment.
A Strong Family is Crucial for Happiness
Belgrade, 9 September 2014 – The study on “Happiness and Families with Children in Serbia”, which was carried out by UNICEF with the support of the Hemofarm Foundation, shows that a strong family is crucial for happiness. One of the main conclusions of this research illustrates that the functioning and habits of families, the ways they raise their children, lack of conflict and family interconnectedness are keys for happiness.
UNICEF delivered free textbooks and notebooks to primary school students in Obrenovac
Obrenovac, 1 September 2014 – Today, at the Posavski Partizani Primary School in Obrenovac, UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development distributed 4,937 sets of textbooks, as well notebooks for 5,600 students from nine primary schools in Obrenovac and a primary school in Krupanj, whose textbooks were damaged or destroyed during the May floods. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Danube Foods Group (DFG) provided the funds for this donation.
UNICEF delivers assistance to flooded areas (VIDEO)
The Government of the Republic of Serbia is actively coordinating and assisting the reconstruction of flood affected areas, but the floods have damaged or destroyed thousands of homes and the Government cannot provide funds that will be sufficient for their complete restoration. In order to lessen at least some of the pressures on the household budget, and to ensure adequate hygiene conditions for children, UNICEF secured the procurement and delivery of hygiene kits to the city of Sabac. These kits, provided by UNICEF, are part of the second supply numbering 7.250 hygiene kits.
After the Floods: Rebuilding Lives, Returning to School (VIDEO)
The floods that hit Serbia in May damaged a significant number of schools and pre-schools. Some buildings have suffered extensive damage due to excess moisture which has accumulated indoors and has entered the walls. The inventory was almost completely destroyed because the mud, which the water brought, has contaminated beds, benches, toys and kitchens in these institutions...
UNICEF supported child-friendly spaces help children return to normalcy in Obrenovac (VIDEO)
The six-member Sainovic family from Obrenovac is one of the many families living in collective centres in Serbia. In May this year the floods destroyed their modest home and everything in it; including the furniture, household items and children’s toys.
Floods in Serbia Disrupt School Year: How UNICEF is Helping (VIDEO)
Most pupils from the Serbian municipality of Obrenovac did not finish this school year in their own schools. The floodwaters damaged many schools and homes making it impossible from them to attend classes and take their exams.
UNICEF Serbia: Floods Emergency and Recovery Response
The floods and landslides triggered by Balkan Cyclone Tamara in May 2014 left thirty-four people in Serbia dead and almost 32,000 evacuated from their homes, 24,000 just from Obrenovac. Although the majority of evacuees were accommodated with relatives, approximately 5,000 people found temporary shelter in collective centres established by the Red Cross of Serbia. The size and location of these centres has varied over time, as some evacuees were able to return home and others were re-located to other sites. The current number of people in collective centres in Belgrade and Obrenovac is estimated at 1,500.
Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys 2014 (MICS 5) reveal limited progress and continuing disparities for children and women in Serbia
Belgrade, 3 July 2014 – The results of the 2014 Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS 5) show little progress for children and women in Serbia compared to the previous data from 2010, and widening equity gaps between the general population and particularly vulnerable groups.
The Novak Djokovic Foundation donates 110.000 euros to UNICEF Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia
Belgrade, 27 June 2014 - The Novak Djokovic Foundation handed over a check in the amount of 110,000 euros to UNICEF. The funds will be used for post-flood recovery and reconstruction purposes by UNICEF Offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia.
Research results on gender-based violence in schools in Serbia
Belgrade, 5 June 2014 – UNICEF, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development presented research results about attitudes, values, experiences and awareness related to distribution, characteristics and consequences of sexual and gender-based violence among and against pupils (girls and boys) in primary and secondary schools in Serbia. The aim of the research was to investigate and suggest good practice prevention capacities and prevention opportunities, particularly related to sexual and gender-based violence.
UNICEF-supported child friendly spaces
Belgrade, 23 May 2014 - “We had a house in Obrenovac. In fact, we still have it, but I cannot go back to it. I often think of my toys and whether my computer and TV are going to work. I’m worried, but I’m not that sad anymore,” says Zoran Stankovic, aged 8, who was evacuated with another 718 residents, and placed in Hall 11 of the Belgrade Fair, one of the collective centres used for the temporary placement of people from Obrenovac, one of the municipalities worst-hit by the floods
UNICEF response to floods in Serbia
Serbia is facing the worst floods in more than a century. An estimated 1.2 million people, including some 210,000 children, have been affected by the floods. UNICEF provides emergency supplies and psycho social support to affected children. The first stock of hygiene kits and blankets have been provided to cover the basic needs of 2.000 families with children currently in collective centres in Belgrade.
UNICEF assistance for children and families affected by floods
Belgrade, 21 May 2014 – In response to the ongoing emergency in Serbia, UNICEF’s shipments of basic supplies have begun to arrive. The first stock of hygiene kits to cover the basic needs of 2,000 families with children currently in collective centres in Belgrade.
Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the Balkan Floods
The Secretary-General is concerned by the devastating impact of the floods in the Balkans, which are the worst for a hundred years. More than 70,000 people have been evacuated and more than fifty have lost their lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia. People urgently need drinking water, food, tents, and medical supplies. Thousands of homes are without water and electrical power or are only reachable by boat.
UNICEF supports children evacuated from the flooded areas
UNICEF mobilised over 70 volunteer psycho-social workers (mostly psychology students) and trained them, in collaboration with partners, over the weekend in order to be deployed to collective centres.
Ana Ivanovic joins the humanitarian action for flood victims
Belgrade, 19 May 2014 – Ana Ivanovic, UNICEF Serbia National Ambassador, visited UNICEF offices in Belgrade today when she donated 1 million dinars for those affected by the “catastrophic” floods that struck Serbia in the last few days.
Call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in emergencies
Belgrade, 19 May 2014 – The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) Representation in Serbia recommend those involved in the response to the Serbia floods, and for those people who were displaced, to avoid unnecessary illness in children by promoting breastfeeding and appropriate complementary feeding and strongly discourage the uncontrolled distribution and use of breast-milk substitutes (e.g. infant formula), bottles and teats and other powdered or liquid milk and milk products.
United Nations Country Team response to floods in Serbia
Belgrade, 17 May 2014 - At the request of the Government of the Republic of Serbia received late last night, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Serbia will provide urgent assistance to the population affected by the floods.
Novak Djokovic and Michel Saint-Lot visit the project “Supporting Families At Risk”
Belgrade, 8 May 2014 – Serbia’s best tennis player, Novak Djokovic, and UNICEF Serbia Representative, Michel Saint-Lot, visited the Children’s Centre in Zvecanska, Belgrade, where they talked with families that receive support from Family Outreach Workers.
Aleksandar Djordjevic Meets UNICEF Friends
Belgrade, 4 May 2014 – UNICEF Serbia National Ambassador Aleksandar Sasa Djordjevic met on Friday with members of the Friends of UNICEF Club.
“Communicating with Children" - Regional Conference
Budva, 29 April 2014 - “Communicating with Children" is the topic of the three-day regional conference opened today in Budva and organised by UNICEF Offices for Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia.
Implementation of the project “Combating Early School Leaving in Serbia” starts
UNICEF and the Centre for Education Policy, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development have started the implementation of the project “Combating Early School Leaving in Serbia”.
UNICEF: Prioritize children to speed up Roma inclusion in Europe
BRUSSELS/GENEVA 3 April 2014 — On the eve of the third Roma summit in Brussels today, UNICEF calls on European governments to firmly place children at the centre of Roma inclusion policies.
Policy impact analysis: providing additional support to students from vulnerable groups in pre-university education
was prepared by UNICEF and the Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Unit of the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
UNICEF and Serbian Public Broadcaster for children
Belgrade, 1 April 2014 – Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) and UNICEF today formally revitalized over a decade long cooperation on the promotion of child rights. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by RTS Acting General Director, Mr. Nikola Mirkov, and UNICEF Serbia Representative Michel Saint-Lot.
UNICEF signs a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ombudsman
Belgrade, 31 March 2014 - UNICEF Serbia Representative Michel Saint-Lot and Serbian Ombudsman Sasa Jankovic signed today a Memorandum of Understanding. The goal of this cooperation is to support the Ombudsman’s work on improving and protecting human and minority rights, and especially those of children and youth.
Happy International Women's Day
Belgrade, 7 March 2014 - "Today, we look back with pride at the achievements that have been made. More women are working. More girls are in school. Fewer women die in pregnancy and childbirth. And more women are in leadership positions. But no country in the world has achieved equality between women and men and girls and boys, and Serbia is no exception", said Michel Saint-Lot, UN RC a.i. at the conference "Women and Economy", held in the Club of MP's on March 7, on the eve of International Women's Day.
Open call to political parties in Serbia
“DO NOT FORGET CHILDREN - SERBIA’S MOST PRECIOUS RESOURCE”
We are at critical moment when new visions are being built and promises made. When citizens will decide who will gain their trust to lead them in the coming years.
Change for children
Belgrade, Serbia, 26 February 2014 - UNICEF and the Square Nine Hotel in Belgrade announced today the beginning of cooperation on the "Change for Children” project within which funds will be raised for UNICEF through the Hotel guests' donations.
Telenor Group and UNICEF partnering for children
Oslo 17 February 2014 – Telenor Group and UNICEF have signed a global partnership agreement and are joining forces to promote children’s development.
UNICEF calls for US$2.2 billion to help 59 million children in emergencies
GENEVA, 21 February 2014 – UNICEF appealed today for almost US$2.2 billion to provide life-saving humanitarian assistance in 2014 to 85 million people, including 59 million children, who face conflict, natural disasters and other complex emergencies in 50 countries.
The beginning of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey on the situation of women and children in Serbia - MICS
Belgrade, January 2014 – The Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia and UNICEF are launching the fifth round of the national Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey on the situation of women and children in Serbia (MICS). The nationwide filed work will be carried out from 1 February until 30 April 2014.
Piloting of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey on the situation of women and children in Serbia (MICS 5) in Zrenjanin
Belgrade, 27 January 2014 – The Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia and UNICEF are launching the fifth round of the national Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey on the situation of women and children in Serbia (MICS).
UNICEF statement on the entry into force of the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
NEW YORK, 20 December 2013 - UNICEF joins Member States, the United Nations system, Civil Society Organizations, children and adolescents around the world to celebrate the entry into force of the Third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communication Procedure.
Adoption of criteria and instructions for better protection of children from inappropriate TV programme content in January 2014
Three panel discussions entitled "Protection of Children by Rating of TV Content " were organized in December 2013 in the cities of Nis, Novi Sad and Belgrade by the UNICEF office in Serbia and the Association of Journalists of Serbia (AJS). It was concluded that it was necessary to improve the content rating system for protection of children from unsuitable TV programme content and to adopt criteria which would apply to all TV broadcasters.