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The Minister of Foreign Affairs Accepted Credential Letter from the new UNICEF Country Representative

Skopje, 1 October 2008: Today, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Antonio Miloshoski met the newly appointed Representative of UNICEF in the country, Mr. Sheldon Yett. At the meeting Mr. Yett delivered his credential letter of his appointment, signed by the Executive Director of UNICEF, Ms. Ann Veneman.

At the meeting, the successful cooperation between the Government and UNICEF in the past 15 years, especially in the area of education and health, was discussed. Minister Miloshoski reaffirmed the strong commitment of the Government to improve the economic and social conditions to support the full implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child. The Minister informed about the ongoing reforms in the education system and the recent introduction of compulsory nine year primary education and mandatory secondary education. The Minister requested UNICEF to focus on the needs of the marginalised children.

Sheldon Yett highlighted that the country has made progress on the implementation of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, however there continues to be room for the specialised agency's [UNICEF] engagement to support the activities of the Government in improving of the overall situation of children.

Media release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 1 October 2008




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