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Sarajevo, July 9, 2010: Mr. Steven Allen, the Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States visited this week Sarajevo and Banjaluka  in order to discuss UNICEF's involvement in improving lives of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

 During his visit Mr Allen had meetings with the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, H.E. Mr. Nikola Spiric, Prime  Minister of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Mr. Mustafa  Mujezinovic,  H.E. Mr. Sredoje Novic, Minister of Civil Affairs and the  Minister of Health and Social Protection of  Republika Srpska, H.E. Prof. Dr. Ranko Skrbic, as well as with UNICEF's international partners and  donors,  Mr. Boris Iarochevitch, Head of Operations, Delegation of the  European Commission to BiH and Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator.
Themes covered in meetings were related to UNICEF's priorities – early childhood development focusing on immunization and preschool education, juvenile justice and social protection and inclusion of children. The focus was on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and on their impact on lives of children in middle income countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr Allen stressed that a special effort has to be made to ensure that even the most excluded and vulnerable families benefit from development processes. In all meetings, Mr Allen reconfirmed with UNICEF's  partners that progress has been made in terms of fulfilling children's rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina comparing to the period 1998-2002, when he was UNICEF's Special Representative for Former Yugoslavia, based in Sarajevo, yet much more needs to be improved in order to realize that all rights are fulfilled for every child.





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