A New Plan of Cooperation between the Government of Bulgaria and UNICEF approved.
Sofia, 28 April: The Council of Ministers approved April 27 the new plan of cooperation between the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of Bulgaria for the years 2006-2009. The plan will provide a total of US$ 4.9 million for which UNICEF has already allocated 2.5 million.
The main goals of the new plan include: raising awareness among adolescents of how to prevent getting HIV/AIDS; reducing the drop-out from school; improving family knowledge on child rearing; and development of sustainable community-based social services to prevent child abandonment and reduce the number of children in institutions. UNICEF will also assist the State Agency for Child Protection to improve the monitoring of compliance with the Convention of the Rights of the Child and strengthen the capacities of municipalities to develop and implement interventions for improving the situation of children.
The UNICEF programme will build on the historical opportunity and momentum of EU integration to ensure that the best interests of children remain central and that the necessary resources are made available to achieve long-lasting results for children. The four year Integrated Plan for the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child approved by the National Council for Children in March provides the framework for collective action.
UNICEF has a long record of successful cooperation in Bulgaria. Significant progress has been made on improving the nutrition of children and their families through ensuring consumption of iodized salt and promoting breastfeeding; improving access to HIV/AIDS prevention services; promoting life-skills based education for children with support of donors such as United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Development Cooperation Ireland (DCI), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
UNICEF Bulgaria, UN House