Strong collaboration is needed for the benefit of children

07 March 2024
KBF 2024 Deyana
UNICEF Srbija/2024

Kopaonik, 6 March 2024 – “Economic fragmentation threatens livelihoods, children’s development, and youth employment. But economic solidarity, and investing in future skills can safeguard children, enhance household incomes, increase public spending, wages and availability of essential goods and services, and as a whole benefit children,” stated Deyana Kostadinova, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, in her address at this year's Kopaonik Business Forum.

Geopolitical shifts and the risk of conflict may threaten children’s survival and well-being. But an inclusive and collaborative approach to solving global challenges could provide children a safer world.

Achieving a brighter future for children hangs in the choice between fragmentation and cooperation. The world stands at a pivotal juncture. We can choose a path marked by increased global collaboration – a path that embraces innovation, knowledge sharing, policy transfer and equitable growth.

UNICEF’s work with the ministries, local municipalities, civil society, with support from the private sector and bilateral partners, has enabled the establishment of these precious services. If we look beyond single interventions, it is obvious that the only way to overcome challenges for children is through integrated collaboration,” believes Kostadinova.

UNICEF calls for collaboration to ensure investment in future skills from the earliest age, involving youth, and placing children at the center of responsible regulations and programmes, including reform initiatives.

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