OFFICIAL STATEMENTS ARCHIVE UP TO 2011
Belgrade, 2nd March 2011 - IDD Regional - Conference Official statement of UNICEF Area Representative
Belgrade 19 April 2010 - Conference on European Perspectives of Young People
Belgrade, 24 March 2010 - WHO Europe Pre-meeting of Member States' Representatives
Belgrade, 17 October 2008 - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and Stand Up Against Poverty, Stand Up for the Millennium Goals
Belgrade, 4 September 2008 - Decade of Roma Inclusion XIV International Steering Committee Meeting
Belgrade, 16 November 2007
UNICEF Serbia Statement on Children with Mental Disabilities in Residental Institutions in Serbia
UNICEF acknowledges the Report on the situation of children and adults with disabilities in residential care in Serbia prepared by Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI). Many of the concerns articulated in the Report are actually the main reasons for the reform of the childcare system on which the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, UNICEF and other key partners are jointly working on for the last few years.
The Strategy on Social Policy Reform adopted in 2005 includes the goal of de-institutionalization of child-care, following the Convention on the Rights of the Child, including the principle of non-discrimination which calls for the same minimum standards for every child, including the right of the child to be cared for by the parents, to have access to services, to protection and to the respect of dignity.
The transformation of the existing system of institutions into a community-based services is progressing but at the slow pace. Among first measurable results are a number of day-care centres, including for children at risk and with special needs, that have been established at the local level across the country. However, children with severe mental disability are in any society very seldom the priority group for services reform, as the alternatives to institutional care require agreed-upon vision and resource intense engagement of different sectors - and Serbia is no exception.
The MDRI Report has one more time brought the visibility to the situation of children with disabilities in residential institutions and the urgency of speeding up the process of de-institutionalisation.
UNICEF is committed to continue and strengthen its support to the Serbian Government’s efforts in reforming the child-care system, making sure that institutions for children with disabilities become a priority for transformation.
Belgrade, 14 November 2007 - Announcement of the broadcast of TV serial "Serbia Fit for Children".
Belgrade, 18 October 2007 - National Conference on Protection of Children from All Forms of Violence in South-East Europe
Belgrade, 17 October 2007 - World Poverty Day Marked in the Serbian Parliament