Belgrade, 1 October 2017 – The First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Ivica Dacic, and UNICEF Representative in Serbia, Michel Saint-Lot, officially opened a photo exhibition – UNICEF: 70 Years in Serbia in the Foreign Ministry’s Museum of Diplomacy.
"The exhibition we have opened today tells a story of the continuity and importance of this cooperation from 1947 up to the present day. Our long-standing collaboration and partnership, which have developed through numerous successful initiatives over the past 70 years, confirm the importance of the support provided by UNICEF to the efforts of the Government of the Republic of Serbia to provide a healthy and stimulating environment for the development, education and safe life of children, and the full realisation of their rights in our country, in accordance with international instruments and the highest standards in the field of children's rights," said Ivica Dacic the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.
The photo exhibition depicts seven decades of UNICEF’s dedicated work in Serbia. It spans from 1947, when the first humanitarian aid shipments were sent to children and families in the former Yugoslavia, up to the present day.
“UNICEF has always been a part of the history of this country. Since 1947, we have been helping in various ways - from humanitarian aid to systemic support to the Government in its reform processes. We have always worked together, in partnership, towards the same goal - to reach every child who needs support. Celebrating the 70th anniversary of UNICEF's work in Serbia is an opportunity to remind ourselves of the obligations we have towards children and to recommit to fulfilling our promises - to work to ensure that every child reaches his or her full potential,” said Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia.
The exhibition UNICEF: 70 Years in Serbia is a retrospective showing UNICEF actively providing humanitarian and development assistance, and supporting the health, education and social protection systems.
After the opening at the Museum of Diplomacy, the exhibition will move to the streets of Belgrade, and other cities across Serbia, where it will be available to the general public during October and November.
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