Skopje, 29 November 2019 – UNICEF has congratulated the government of North Macedonia for –formally joining the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.
The formal pledge was signed on November 29 in Skopje, during the closing ceremony of the Scaling Up Action to End Violence Against Children in the Western Balkans conference, with government ministers of North Macedonia in attendance (Ministers of Education and Science, Health, Interior, Justice, and Labor and Social Policy). The country is set to become the 27th “path-finding” country in the Global Partnership, committing to undertake concrete actions to progressively end violence against children by the year 2022.
UNICEF Representative, Patrizia Di Giovanni, commended the decision. “Joining the 26 Member States is an important milestone to protect the right of every child in North Macedonia to be protected from violence at home, at school and in the community, " she said.
Speaking during the pledge-signing, Minister of Interior, Oliver Spasovski, said, "I am convinced that with this commitment, together we will jointly develop better solutions to protect children and prevent violence against children."
The Scaling Up Action to End Violence Against Children in the Western Balkan conference, which was officially opened by President Stevo Pendarovski, focused on three themes of “Prevent, Heal, and React.” The two-day conference brought together international experts from Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, with national counterparts, including experts and practitioners from the patronage service, kindergartens and schools and the social sector.
During the conference, children and young people inspired the participants with their own call to action. The youth dance troupe, "Beatrix Crew," opened the conference with a powerful dance interpretation of the harmful effects of violence on children. Closing the conference, the "Kuzman Josifovski Pitu" children choir performed “I won’t be silenced,” as a reminder to all to raise their voice to end violence.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit https://www.unicef.org/eca/.