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2017

Prevalence of child marriage in the Roma population
Child marriage is present among the general population in Serbia, often in the poorest communities and rural areas. This practice, however, is widespread in Roma communities, where more than half of girls marry before turning 18...

The Institutionalisation of Roma Health Mediators
A two-day regional conference about efficient and sustainable ways of institutionalising Roma Health Mediators has opened today in Belgrade, organised by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and UNICEF...

Children with Disabilities facing Difficulties and Obstacles in Realising their Rights
UNICEF and the National Organization of Persons with Disabilities – NOOIS presented today a comprehensive analysis of the situation of children with disabilities and their rights in Serbia...

The Only Certainty is Uncertainty
Ten-year-old Aleksa and four-year-old Veljko Jovanovic are brothers. They live on the outskirts of Belgrade, in Krnjaca, with their mom, dad, and grandparents. In 2015, both boys were diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy type 3...

World Children's Day: Children takeover the Serbian Parliament
The voices of children were clearly heard in the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia today, as part of the World Children's Day celebrations. Children took over the Parliament and presented the conclusions from a participatory process...

The Office for Human and Minority Rights and UNICEF work together for child rights
Dr Suzana Paunovic, Acting Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights, and Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, today signed a two-year Memorandum of Understanding...

City of Belgrade and UNICEF work together to promote the rights of every child
Sinisa Mali, the Mayor of Belgrade, and Michel Saint-Lot, UNICEF Representative in Serbia, signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at the improvement of the position of children in Belgrade...

Ready for the winter and snow
Aya Rekani is eight years old. She is wearing a French braid which suits her beautifully. Aya’s family – her parents and five siblings – is her greatest blessing.

The most beautiful job in the world
Ivanka Djordjevic is an experienced visiting nurse, who has just finished her visit to the Jovanovic family in Pirot, Serbia. Tea, a two-and-a-half-year-old girl nestled in her mother's arms, is saying goodbye to Ivanka...

Advancing child rights through strengthening the justice and social welfare systems in Serbia
A two-day conference to present the activities and results of the “Advancing the Rights of the Child through Strengthening the Judicial and Social Welfare Systems in Serbia” project started today in Belgrade.

Empowering Serbia through the sustainable development goals
The support to the economic, social and political development of Serbia, which the United Nations Team in Serbia provides, is based on the fundamental values of this global organization.

A Hope for the Future: Taking Knowledge Home to Benefit Afghanistan
Fifteen-year-old Hazrat Mohamad is one of the many boys sitting in front of a computer in the ICT corner in the Reception Centre for Refugees and Migrants in Obrenovac, Serbia.

Preventing Child Marriage in Serbia
Girls younger than 18 are part of a large and vibrant generation poised to take on the future. Investing in their health, safety and education empowers them to reach for their dreams and fulfil their potential. It allows them to build better lives.

UNICEF and National Ambassador Ana Ivanovic Extend Cooperation Agreement
Ana Ivanovic, a UNICEF National Ambassador since 2007, visited UNICEF in Serbia. During the visit she had the opportunity to meet with Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, with whom she discussed the work UNICEF...

UNICEF: 70 Years in Serbia Photo Exhibition
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...

Top Investment in the Future of the Nation: Early Childhood Development
Programmes that support early childhood development are an opportunity to provide adequate nutrition, stimulation and care needed for a child’s brain development and for the realisation of his or her potential...

Sport for All: Donation of sports and recreational equipment for children with disabilities in Belgrade
A donation of sports and recreational equipment worth $US 35,590.00 was handed-over today. It will benefit 14 day-care centres working as part of the Centre for Day-care and the Accommodation of Children with Disabilities...

Launch of Advocacy Campaign: Early Moments Matter for Children’s Development
The first years of life are a critical period of adaptability and responsiveness to interventions. When young children are deprived of nutrition, stimulation, and protection, the damaging effects can produce long-term detriments for families and communiti

Helping a family is help for the future
Twelve-year-old Selma and ten-year-old Enver Itaj could hardly wait for the start of the school year. They still do not have all their notebooks and school supplies, but their textbooks and friends are waiting for them in school.

Launch of local advocacy campaigns to improve response to violence against children
UNICEF and the Uzice Child Rights Center, with financial support from the European Union, today announced the launch of advocacy campaigns, which will be implemented in 20 municipalities in Serbia, to ensure improved response to violence against children.

Backpacks and school supplies distributed to Jovan Ristic primary school pupils, including refugee and migrant children
The backpacks with school supplies were distributed to all the pupils attending the Jovan Ristic primary school, including to refugee and migrant children and children from socially vulnerable families.

This feels like my home now
Ten year old Sana has two brothers, a father and mother who love her very much. She is their firstborn. She is bright and shy...

A smile that was a long time coming
Aca Cvetkovic is nine years old. He lives in a Roma settlement in Belgrade, where many families live in small dilapidated houses. Some houses collapse on their own, like the house of Aca's neighbour...

Partnership between UNICEF and Vojvodjanska Bank
Vojvodjanska Bank has become a member of the Friends of UNICEF Club, thus launching the strategic cooperation between UNICEF in Serbia and the Vojvodjanska Bank. The partnership was marked by...

Leave No Child Behind in Serbia
Children and young people are integral to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in the 2030 Agenda. UNICEF and the EU are partnering to support the work of national authorities in promoting children's rights as part of the...

10 Years On: A Lasting Donation
Five-month-old Natalija, wearing a pink shirt, is resting peacefully in her mother's arms. Natalija’s joyful eyes, full of confidence, are watching her mom Jelena, who brought her for her regular vaccination...

Justice for children
In cases of violations of child rights in the areas of education, healthcare and social welfare, UNICEF has ensured the provision of free legal aid. This has been done through the Strengthening the Justice and Social Welfare Systems to...

Divorce and the Voice of the Child
“Divorce is traumatic for all of us, particularly for the children, because they have to choose whether they will live with their mom or dad. My ex-husband insists that the children testify in court as to who they wish to live with after the divorce...

Atila – the boy who changed his community
Atila Komaromi was born in spring 1999 with severely damaged limbs. His parents were told that his life was at stake. They left him in “Kolevka” a residential institution for children with disabilities, in the town of Subotica, where he...

5000 kilometres: A long way to school
Faisal Naziri worked as a sales clerk in Kabul, in a store near a school. Every day he watched children walk past his shop on their way to classes. They were mostly boys and very, very rarely girls...

Children’s safety on the Internet in the focus of a joint project of Telenor and UNICEF
The latest studies conducted by UNICEF show that children start using the Internet for the first time before they turn six. On average, almost 90 percent of them use the Internet 80 minutes each day, and every third child is exposed to some kind of...

Government of the Republic of Serbia and the UN Country Team in Serbia launch new country Development Partnership Framework 2016 - 2020
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic and the UN Resident Coordinator in Serbia Karla Robin Hershey, signed today the Development Partnership Framework...

Everyone has the right to dream
Shabnam Arab, a thirteen-year-old girl from Afghanistan is slowly conjugating a verb, in what, until recently, used to be a completely foreign and incomprehensible language...

Investment in early childhood education – the safest investment in future
Preschool education must be of high quality and accessible to children of all socio-economic backgrounds and in all geographic areas regardless of the level of their development...

The Game
Each day, an untold number of unaccompanied child asylum seekers are risking everything to establish new lives by crossing illegally into the European Union. It is a dangerous endeavor carrying with it the gravest of risks.

The best start
"Nothing in life should be taken for granted and left to chance. One should respond to minimal changes. There are professional services that have answers to all our questions and we should talk about all problems."

Five-fold increase in number of refugee and migrant children traveling alone since 2010
The global number of refugee and migrant children moving alone has reached a record high, increasing nearly five-fold since 2010.

Refugee and migrant children stranded in European transit countries suffer psychologically in the face of uncertain future
Nearly 75,000 refugees and migrants, including an estimated 24,600 children, currently stranded in Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and the Western Balkans are at risk of psychosocial distress caused by living in a protracted state of limbo.

A Toy Library: A Library of Smiles
Abir, a refugee from Syria, is combing her daughter’s hair after lunch. It’s a small tradition they've had since arriving in the Reception center in Bujanovac, in Serbia. The older daughter, eight-year-old Judy, graciously allows seven-year old Sidra ...

Smurfs and UNICEF: For a happier, more peaceful and equitable world
Belgrade, Serbia, 19 March 2017 – The premiere of the Smurfs: The Lost Village movie was held in Belgrade on 19 March, in the lead up to the International Day of Happiness. The popular Smurfs characters have joined forces with UNICEF to encourage children

Living with Autism - From the Perspective of Patients, Parents and Professionals
Niš, 13 March 2017 - Early diagnosis, early interventions and inclusion in the education system, from preschool onwards, can greatly contribute to children with autistic spectrum disorders, and other developmental delays...

The future of the Serbian economy depends on investments in the youngest generation
Kopaonik, 9 March 2017 - Inequity is not inevitable. Inequality is a choice. Promoting equity - a fair chance for every child - is a choice. An important choice for the future of children and Serbian society...

Helping children is just one click away
Belgrade, 14 February 2017 – Telenor Bank account holders are now able to become members of the “Friends of UNICEF Club” and, with just a few clicks, to regularly donate for the most vulnerable children in Serbia. Telenor Bank has enabled monthly...

Roma Health Mediators: Connecting Communities
Kristina Petrovic is 21 years old and she has two children. A great joy, but also a great concern. She is struggling, as a single mother, to adequately provide for her three-year old daughter Lejla and her son Dragoljub, who is only 11 months old.

Every time you protect a child, there is hope
Svetlana Marojevic’s life was marked by UNICEF. As a girl growing up after the World War 2, Svetlana clearly recalls the cedar wooden crates, with UNICEF’s well-known logo engraved on them.

Every time you stop violence, there is hope
Katarina Ristanovic is an ordinary thirteen-year-old girl with an unusual, almost movie-like story. While still in the lower grades of primary school, she experienced bullying by her peers.

 

 
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