Partnership for Children

The State Border Guard Committee and UNICEF plan to develop family- and child-friendly services

12 May 2024
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The State Border Guard Committee of the Republic of Belarus and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Belarus signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 17 April. The agreement will strengthen efforts to create a family- and child-friendly environment when crossing the border, regardless of citizenship and migration status.

Providing family- and child-friendly services is one of the national priorities of Belarus. With the support of UNICEF, the country has been putting a large-scale effort to develop the “Child- and Adolescent-Friendly City” initiative, to create a system of Adolescent-Friendly Centers, to launch Parent- and Child-Friendly Rooms in the Offices of Citizenship and Migration, etc. After the signing of the Memorandum, this work will continue for families with children crossing the state border.

The partnership between the State Border Guard Committee and UNICEF began several years ago with the pilot project — “Child-Friendly Border” — implemented at the Minsk National Airport. As part of this initiative, airport passengers now have access to four specially designated passport control booths (two booths in the arrival hall and two booths in the departure hall); there are information stands with materials on responsible parenthood, child rights, and the prophylaxis of communicable diseases. A play area has been equipped for the youngest passengers.

The State Border Guard Committee is ready to engage in various UNICEF initiatives that are constructive and practical in nature, contribute to ensuring state border security of the Republic of Belarus, and protect the rights of the child. The State Border Guard Committee consistently advocates for strengthening and combining practical efforts of cooperation between international organizations in the Republic of Belarus as the most important stability factor in the Eurasian region,” noted Major General Konstantin Molostov, Head of the State Border Guard Committee.

The signing of the Memorandum will be followed by continued efforts to design more comfortable and friendly services and conditions at state border checkpoints for families with children leaving and arriving in Belarus. As part of this work, it is planned to strengthen the material and technical base of the state border guard service authorities to improve services for children, to provide expert information on the principles of ensuring the safety of children in accordance with international law, on the principles of child-friendly communication, on the signs and types of vulnerabilities of children, including boys and girls from a different socio-cultural and linguistic environments, and children with disabilities and special developmental needs, and much more.

All countries that have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, including Belarus, undertake to create conditions to protect the interests of every child in the country. We are grateful for the work of national partners in this area, and we are ready to continue cooperating to develop friendly services for all children“, noted UNICEF.

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