TBILISI, Georgia, 9 August, 2019. A Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between the State Agency for Religious Issues and UNICEF Georgia. The aim of the partnership is to promote and protect the rights of the child through engagement and cooperation with the religious denominations, as well as to facilitate the mutual cooperation between the two parties signing the Memorandum.
As part of this memorandum, UNICEF and the State Agency for Religious Issues will establish cooperation with the religious leaders to promote and protect the rights of the child by organizing thematic meetings, seminars and workshops, also raising awareness of religious leaders on the rights of the child thus increasing their role in protecting children's rights in Georgia.
“Religious leaders are influential in communities and they are therefore well-placed to achieve positive changes in society, with significant potential for promoting child rights and sustaining improvements in child welfare and development”, said Dr. Ghassan Khalil, UNICEF Representative in Georgia. “We are glad that this partnership has been concluded during the year which marks the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child”, he added.
“This Memorandum is an important document as it envisages cooperation with UNICEF on an important issue like protection of children’s rights and support of religious leaders in this area, sharing their experience and using their authority”, said the Chairperson of the State Agency for Religious Issue Mr. Zaza Vashakhmadze.
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