Press releases 2013
UNICEF study provides new insight to strengthen the social protection system for children
SKOPJE, 20 May 2013: UNICEF study draws attention to the need to examine the social protection system to improve targeting and address issues of inadequacy of cash transfers for children.
Latest Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey results show equity focus is paying off
SKOPJE, 26 April 2013: New data from the fourth round of UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) provide evidence that investment in equity interventions are accelerating the country’s progress in key health and education indicators
UN makes a promise for action to end violence against women
SKOPJE – 8 March 2013: All women and girls have a right to live in a world free of violence.
Foundation T-Mobile partners with UNICEF to Expand Early Childhood Development Opportunities
Skopje, 5 March 2013: Foundation T-Mobile for Macedonia and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today announced a partnership to expand early childhood development services.
Transforming the lives of children with disabilities through inclusive education
UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director, Ms. Yoka Brandt, urged Governments to accelerate their reform of the education systems to increase support for children with disabilities
Inclusive approach to screening of children with special needs
Skopje 25 February 2013:Education practitioners and professors from teachers’ training faculties have come together today to participate in a four-day training of trainers on Inclusive Education, focusing on screening and identification of learning needs.
Inclusive education for children with disabilities can transform lives, says UNICEF (6 Feb 2013)
Progressive policies in inclusive education have made positive changes in the lives of children with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to UNICEF today.
Press releases 2012
Changing attitudes towards people with disabilities
NEW YORK, United States of America, 3 December 2012 - Stigma, ignorance, neglect, superstition and communication barriers are among the social factors that explain the discrimination and isolation from society that children with disabilities face.
Statement by UNICEF Representative, Mr. Sheldon Yett on the occasion of International Day of Persons with Disabilities
Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and on its 20th anniversary let us call attention to the importance of promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, and children in particular and to mobilise support
UNICEF welcomes municipal commitment to sustain investments in multicultural youth programmes in Struga
At an event to mark the official hand over of the Youth Centre in Struga, Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative welcomed the renewed commitment of the Municipality of Struga and implementing NGO partner, Forum ZFD to finance the operations of the Struga
Call to action to end placing children under three in institutions gains momentum
Eastern European and Central Asian governments are joining forces to boost a growing movement to support vulnerable families and end placing children under three in institutions.
On Universal Children's Day, look to the future, says UNICEF
On Universal Children’s Day, UNICEF issued a new research paper highlighting global demographic shifts forecast for the coming generation of children that present major challenges to policy makers and planners.
UNICEF and EU Rapporteur recognise good practices in inclusive and integrated education
During his November visit to the country, Mr Richard Howitt, member of the European Parliament (MEP) and Rapporteur for the country’s EU accession, visited a local primary school to discuss the importance of inclusive education, and learn more about prog
Members of Parliament learn firsthand about effective models for delivering pre-school services
Members of the Parliamentary Working Group on the Rights of the Child – a group established within the Parliamentary Committee on Labour and Social Affairs and represented by all major political parties – joined by the representatives from the Ministry of
UN to mark the First International Day of the Girl Child focusing on early marriage
Today marks the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child, designated by the United Nations as a day to promote the rights of girls, and to address the unique challenges that they face.
UNICEF welcomes Government endorsement of National Strategy for Prevention of Violence in Schools
Speaking at a local primary school, the Minister of Education and Science, Mr Pance Kralev and the Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mr Spiro Ristovski, together with the mayor of the municipality of Gazi Baba and the UNICEF Representative
UNICEF welcomes municipal commitment to sustain investments in multicultural youth programmes
At an event to mark the official hand over of the Youth Centre in Kicevo, Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative welcomed the renewed commitment of the Municipality of Kicevo and implementing NGO partner, Forum ZFD to finance the operations of the Centre
Diverse countries are making rapid progress in child survival – UNICEF report
Countries across the world are making rapid progress in reducing child deaths, demonstrating that it is possible to radically reduce child mortality over the span of two decades, a UNICEF report says today
Make Breastfeeding easier for mothers, says UNICEF
On the 20th anniversary of World Breastfeeding Week, UNICEF says strong national policies supporting breastfeeding could prevent the deaths of around 1 million children under five in the developing world each year.
Recent adoption reforms are producing results for children’s right to a family
The Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mr Spiro Ristovski and the UNICEF Representative, Mr Sheldon Yett today visited one of the six workshops for Center for Social Work professionals on the new adoption procedures.
UNICEF supported NGO coalitions presented annual reports on the status of implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Child
Leading civil society organizations presented their independent findings and recommendations of their reports on the situation of children in the country , and the status of the country’s implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of t
UNICEF calls for expansion of comprehensive early childhood programmes for Roma children to address continuing social exclusion
At a regional conference on “Early Childhood Development and Quality Education for Roma”, organized by the Government under its current presidency of the Decade of Roma Inclusion 2005–2015, UNICEF called for increased investment of core governmental servi
Youth express their views on violence free schools in the media
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners from the Ministry of Education and Science and School of Journalism and Public Relations announced the winners of the "Express yourself through the media" competition.
National public health experts call for action to improve the nutrition status of women and children
After three days of sharing information, discussion, and deliberation at a UNICEF and Ministry of Health supported National Workshop on Anemia and Nutrition, medical professionals and public health experts agreed on the need for additional investments
“Express yourself through the media” competition inspires secondary school children to be part of the solution for making schools free of violence
The School of Journalism and Public Relations today joined UNICEF and the Ministry of Education and Science supported campaign to challenge the acceptance of “violent” ways of communication
EU and UNICEF support National Conference on “Achievements, Gaps and the Way Forward in Justice for Children Reform”
The final national conference of the EU-funded and UNICEF co-funded and implemented “Justice for Children” project was held today.
EU and UNICEF supported conference on the role of municipalities in preventing juvenile delinquency
On Friday, 23 March 2012 as part of the European Union (EU) funded project and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) co-funded and implemented “Justice for Children” Project, a Conference on the role of local councils in preventing juvenile delinquency
Governments urged to ensure inclusive early childhood programmes for Roma children to address continuing social exclusion
Young Roma children are being denied access to health services, child protection interventions and preschool education opportunities because of systematic discrimination, according to a report launched today on the situation of Roma children
Strumica School Children Speak out against Violence in Schools
Parents and children, teachers, civil society representatives and local government officials, as well as representatives of the municipal education department and UNICEF together watched a new play addressing the issues of violence in schools
Parliamentarians call for a need to improve programmes and services for children in conflict with the law
At a meeting to adopt the final conclusions from a recent field visit, parliamentarians – members of a Child Rights Working Group established within the Parliamentary Committee for Labour and Social Policy
United on the need to improve legislation and its enforcement to better protect children in conflict and contact with the law
Parliamentarians, government officials, professionals working with children in the justice system and civil society representatives came together at a parliamentary public hearing to discuss the justice for children legal framework.
Press releases 2011
United on the need to improve legislation and its enforcement to better protect children in conflict and contact with the law
Parliamentarians, government officials, professionals working with children in the justice system and civil society came together at a parliamentary public hearing to discuss the justice for children legal framework.
The UN General Assembly adopted a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
On 19 December 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishing a complaints procedure for violations of children’s rights.
New social service database and case management system promises to improve quality services for vulnerable children
At a press conference the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) together with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Institute for Social Activities (ISA) presented a first of its kind electronic data collection and case management system
Children's videos provoke change to make schools free of violence
UNICEF and partners announced the winners of a one minute video competition at a ceremony this afternoon that marked the close of a joint UNICEF and Ministry of Education and Science media campaign "Together for schools without violence.”
Mentoring programme reduced recidivism to zero among the pilot group of children
After six months of participating in the pilot mentoring programme for children in conflict or at risk of coming in conflict with the law, the first group of fifteen children now have new friends who are helping them make sound choices
First local council for prevention of juvenile delinquency established
Today the Kavadarci Municipality Council formally approved the functioning of a local council for prevention of juvenile delinquency. This is the first of eleven local councils that will be launched with support from the EU and UNICEF
UNICEF and partners launch campaign for schools free of violence
Hundreds of children and young people staged a flash mob at Skopje’s “Plostad Makedonija”, the city’s main square, to mark the beginning of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Education and Science national campaign.
In the Birthplace of the Olympics, Special Olympics and UNICEF Join Efforts to Fight Marginalization of Children with Disabilities
ATHENS, 27 JUNE, 2011 – Against the backdrop of Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Special Olympics and UNICEF today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their joint commitment to uphold the rights, dignity and inclusion of child
UNICEF uses the power of media to inspire children to be part of the solution for making schools free of violence
With a call to all children to write lyrics for a campaign theme song, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with the Ministry of Education and Science announced the start of the first phase of a social change campaign
Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uzbekistan and Kosovo learn from the Macedonian experience on Child-Friendly Schools
Over the next three days Ministry of Education and Science representatives and professionals from pedagogical and psychological faculties and institutes, as well as UNICEF staff from Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uzbekistan and Kosovo
Statement by UNICEF Representative, Sheldon Yett on the response to addressing violence in schools
UNICEF notes with concern the situation of violence against and among children in schools in this country
Continuous education for newborn care re-established (11 March 2011)
The United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Health re-established an in-service training programme to improve newborn care.
New youth centers open in Kicevo and Struga to cater for increased demand in ethnically integrated extra-curricular activities (29 March 2011)
Mr. Sheldon Yett, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative and Mr.Gjorgija Sajkoski, President of the Council of Kicevo Municipality officially opened the new premises of the Kicevo Youth Center.
UN experts call for better data collection and research on violence against children (11 March 2011)
At a special event held during the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence against children in order to strengthen government action for prevention and response
Purple ribbon cut to open domestic violence counseling center for children and women (9 March 2011)
Mr. Spiro Ristovski, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative, and Mr. Vladimir Todorovik, Mayor of the Municipality of Center cut a purple ribbon – symbol of the fight against domestic violence
UNICEF: Investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity
NEW YORK 25 February 2011- Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity, said UNICEF today in its 2011 State of the World’s Children report entitled ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity
UNICEF promotes positive representations of Roma children to overcome stigma and discrimination
SKOPJE, 15 February 2011 - The importance of using positive images when promoting the rights of children and combating discrimination and stigma was at the core of the discussions at a Communication Symposium on Positive Representations of Roma Children.
UNICEF working to transform the delivery of social services for children
February 8, 2011 - The initiative is part of the ongoing reform of the social protection system designed to improve the efficiency of the system and improve the quality of social services for vulnerable groups, including children.
UNICEF study highlights that children are at greatest risk of being sexually abused by people they know and in their own homes
3 February 2011 - Children are at more risk of being sexually abused by people they know and in places where they should feel most protected.
UNICEF supported multicultural workshops encourage tolerance and communication among children with different ethnic background
27/28 January 2011 - UNICEF together with the Bureau for Development of Education and the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution promoted a series of multicultural workshops for elementary and secondary schools.