The Government of the Republic of Serbia Signs Five Year Country Programme Action Plans with UNDP and with UNICEF
Belgrade, 17 December 2010 – UNDP and UNICEF Offices in Serbia signed today new five-year Country Programme Action Plans (CPAP) with the Government of the Republic of Serbia.
The agreements were signed by Ms. Milica Delevic, Director of the Office for European Integration, on behalf of the Government of Serbia, Mr. William S. Infante, the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, and UNICEF Area Representative for Serbia and for Croatia, Ms. Judita Reichenberg.
The CPAPs represent the first step in the implementation of the United Nations Country Partnership Strategy signed by the Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Vuk Jeremic, and the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. William S. Infante, on 25 June.
UNDP CPAP will focus on good governance, sustainable development and social inclusion, and energy and environment, while UNICEF CPAP focuses on supporting national efforts towards the social inclusion of vulnerable children and families.
“In Serbia, like elsewhere in the world, UNICEF will work hand-in-hand with Government and other partners to improve the situation for all children. But we will also not hesitate to inform you when we consider that you are ‘off-track’ or when children’s rights are being violated or jeopardized,” said Ms. Reichenberg in her address.
All programs and activities planned in the Action Plans are based on five core principles that define the UN orientation worldwide and that are at the heart of the Millennium Development Goals: gender equality and the elimination of discrimination on the basis of sex, environmental sustainability, the protection of human rights, capacity development, and results-based management.
"We are proud to be a credible and trusted partner of the Government and people of Serbia. The strategy will draw on the skills and expertise of more than 24 resident and non-resident agencies that will deploy high-level policy advice and capacity-building expertise, deliver tangible results, and further position Serbia as a regional leader", Mr. Infante said.