Vrnjacka Banja, 20 September 2019 - Representatives of 19 local self-governments completed a training about child rights in local self-government units and child-rights governance.
The certificates were presented by Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, and Branko Ruzic, Minister of Public Administration and Local Self-Government.
The pilot training has been implemented within the framework of the cooperation between UNICEF and the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government, with the aim to improve the capacity of local self-governments to realize the rights of the child in accordance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“UNICEF and the Ministry have created this training to help representatives of local self-governments to gain a deeper knowledge of child rights and provide them with the right tools for policy development, planning, budgeting and monitoring,” said Regina De Dominicis, UNICEF Representative in Serbia.
"The Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-Government has ensured that the area of child rights is covered by an accredited programme of continuous professional development for employees in local self-governments, which is a great improvement over the previous period in which this area was not recognized in the system," said Minister Ruzic.
Employees in all units of local self-government will have the opportunity and obligation to continuously improve their knowledge and skills in this field in order to recognize and protect the rights of children and to incorporate mechanisms for their implementation into development policies.
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 www.unicef.org/serbia