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Decade of Roma Inclusion - XIV International Steering Committee Meeting

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Decade of Roma Inclusion Steering Committee Meeting. (from left to right) Serbian Minister of Human and Minority Rights H.E. Svetozar Ciplic, World Bank Serbia Office Country Manager Mr. Simon Gray and Ms Judita Reichenberg UNICEF Area Representative

Belgrade, 4 September 2008 -  The XIV International Steering Committee Meeting of the Decade of Roma Inclusion was held in Belgrade on 4 and 5 September 2008.

Serbia is the first non EU-member state that has taken over the Decade presidency. The focus of   the Roma Decade under Serbian presidency (1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009) is on housing and education. In addition, cross-cutting issues include the work on better data, indicators and monitoring mechanisms, continuing to work towards a European Roma Policy and the invitation to new countries to join the Decade. 

The XIV meeting gathered high level delegations of the Decade Member States: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovakia and Bosnia and Herzegovina whose Prime Minister on this occasion formally signed the Decade Declaration,

The meeting was addressed by the Prime Ministers of the Republic of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbian Minister of Human and Minority Rights senior representatives of the World Bank, Open Society Fund,  UNICEF, UN - HABITAT, UNDP,,  UNHCR, Delegation of the European Commission, Council of Europe , OSCE, Serbian National Council of the Roma National Minority. 

Read full UNICEF statement presented by Ms. Judita Reichenberg, UNICEF Area Representative for the Republic of Serbia and the Republic of Croatia



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