The Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF Romania – A Partnership for Children
BUCHAREST – May 20, 2013. The Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Valeriu Zgonea, and UNICEF Representative in Romania, Sandie Blanchet, have signed the Partnership Agreement regarding the cooperation between the two institutions for the benefit of the Romanian children, with a focus on the most vulnerable ones.
The Partnership is based on a shared vision: all children, vulnerable children in particular, will enjoy their rights, will grow up in a family setting, protected from violence, neglect and separation from their family, and will benefit from high quality education; all children will be safeguarded against discrimination and exclusion on the grounds of gender, ethnicity or health; all adolescents will be able to reach their full potential and become self-sufficient and active citizens.
“The partnership we are starting today – between the Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF – will provide better rights promotion and support for children in Romania, especially for the most disadvantaged ones. Investing in children is one of the most important things a responsible State must do. I wish that such initiatives may lead vulnerable children toward a brighter future and new life opportunities because this is the only way that Romania can become a strong country”, declared Valeriu Zgonea, the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies.
Under this Partnership, the Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF Romania are committed to advocate for the respect, the application and monitoring of children’s rights in Romania, and their promotion across the region and worldwide, including by means of national and international events. Furthermore, in the areas of common concern, the Chamber of Deputies and UNICEF will inform and consult with each other on progress made towards child rights fulfilment.
“By signing the first Chamber of Deputies - UNICEF Partnership Agreement, we recognise the paramount role of the Parliament in child rights promotion and protection. For all children to enjoy their rights, and in particular the most vulnerable ones, those from families living in poverty, from deprived urban and rural areas and Roma communities, long-term public policies are needed alongside a legal framework that is in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We will set up a “Team for Children” which will develop such policies and laws for the benefit of children in the next four years, monitoring their implementation and formulating recommendations to improve the situation of children in Romania”, pointed out Sandie Blanchet, UNICEF Representative in Romania.
A Chamber of Deputies subcommittee will be created to promote child rights and to ensure that the new draft laws and legal framework comply with the Convention on the Rights of the Child and that they are in the best interests of the child.
Moreover, the Chamber of Deputies will support UNICEF initiatives for children and resource leveraging for children’s rights, including through meetings, conferences and events held under the High Patronage of the Chamber of Deputies.
About UNICEF Romania
UNICEF is on the ground in Romania and other 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. In Romania, UNICEF works with the Government, the Parliament, local authorities, the civil society, the private sector, national and international partners and the media to provide all children access to high quality early childhood education and schooling, to safeguard adolescents and monitor child rights, to ensure social protection and leverage resources for children. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.