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Government and UNICEF sign a new six-year development programme to address child poverty, disparities and social exclusion

Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative and Mr. Antonio Milososki, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Skopje, 3 March, 2010: The Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today signed a new six year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) – an agreement detailing a partnership between UNICEF and  national authorities  to address child poverty, disparities in accessing basic social services, and the need for stronger  linkages among accountabilities, policies and public spending.

Mr. Antonio Milososki, Minister of Foreign Affairs, signed on behalf of the Government alongside Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative.
The new UNICEF country programme will run from 2010-2015 and has a total programme budget of up to $16.5 million.  Using a mix of strategies – including, institutional capacity development at the national and local level, innovative and evidence-based models to support public administration reforms, and partnership building – the country programme will support system reforms in health, education and social protection and strengthen national and local level capacities to plan, budget and monitor children’s rights.

Also present at today’s signing ceremony was Ms. Ann-Marie Ali, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Resident Representative who also signed a six year CPAP defining UNDP supported programmes. 

Alongside other sister agencies and programmes, UNICEF and UNDP will implement their country programmes within the broader United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) signed in May 2009.  This assistance will support Government led efforts to empower the socially excluded in society, assist municipalities and central government to make decentralization work for the benefit of the citizens and ensure that the environment is safeguarded and the effects of climate change are mitigated.  Capacity development to bring about effective and transparent governance, improved aid coordination, and creating a culture of interethnic cohesion are also important crosscutting themes integrated in the UN programme activities.

For further information, please contact:
Suzie Pappas Capovska, Communications Officer, UNICEF Skopje, (02) 3231-150 (ext :127),
072  236 725 or



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