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Universal Children’s Day: an opportunity for UNICEF to analyze results and to look ahead

Children in the first row at the MTR Conference

Together with its partners from civil society, government and international community, UNICEF in Bosnia and Herzegovina has organised a conference to review UNICEF’s contribution to results achieved in the development of social policies and inclusive basic services for children since 2005.  The conference also discussed the broad direction of programmes to be supported until the end of 2009.  UNICEF’s Deputy Regional Director, Ms. Shahnaz Kianian-Firouzgar and the Director of the Directorate for Economic Planning, Ms. Ljerka Maric, officially opened the conference.

Ms Lejla Musakadic

A special guest at the conference was Ms Lejla Musakadic, who will represent children of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the UN Special Session “World fit for Children plus five”.






This year’s Universal Children’s Day is the 18th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This document was opened for signature on 20 November 1989. It sets the ground rules for a better life for all children and is the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world. It identifies, among others, the right to survival, the right to be protected from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation, and the right to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The CRC has become a universally accepted measure of global responsibilities regarding children and an effective tool for promoting conditions and circumstances favorable to children’s survival and development.


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