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United on the need to improve legislation and its enforcement to better protect children in conflict and contact with the law
Parliamentarians, government officials, professionals working with children in the justice system and civil society came together at a parliamentary public hearing to discuss the justice for children legal framework.

The UN General Assembly adopted a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
On 19 December 2011, the UN General Assembly adopted a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) establishing a complaints procedure for violations of children’s rights.

New social service database and case management system promises to improve quality services for vulnerable children
At a press conference the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) together with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Institute for Social Activities (ISA) presented a first of its kind electronic data collection and case management system

Children's videos provoke change to make schools free of violence
UNICEF and partners announced the winners of a one minute video competition at a ceremony this afternoon that marked the close of a joint UNICEF and Ministry of Education and Science media campaign "Together for schools without violence.”

Mentoring programme reduced recidivism to zero among the pilot group of children
After six months of participating in the pilot mentoring programme for children in conflict or at risk of coming in conflict with the law, the first group of fifteen children now have new friends who are helping them make sound choices

First local council for prevention of juvenile delinquency established
Today the Kavadarci Municipality Council formally approved the functioning of a local council for prevention of juvenile delinquency. This is the first of eleven local councils that will be launched with support from the EU and UNICEF

UNICEF and partners launch campaign for schools free of violence
Hundreds of children and young people staged a flash mob at Skopje’s “Plostad Makedonija”, the city’s main square, to mark the beginning of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Ministry of Education and Science national campaign.

In the Birthplace of the Olympics, Special Olympics and UNICEF Join Efforts to Fight Marginalization of Children with Disabilities
ATHENS, 27 JUNE, 2011 – Against the backdrop of Special Olympics World Summer Games in Athens, Special Olympics and UNICEF today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen their joint commitment to uphold the rights, dignity and inclusion of child

UNICEF uses the power of media to inspire children to be part of the solution for making schools free of violence
With a call to all children to write lyrics for a campaign theme song, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) together with the Ministry of Education and Science announced the start of the first phase of a social change campaign

Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uzbekistan and Kosovo learn from the Macedonian experience on Child-Friendly Schools
Over the next three days Ministry of Education and Science representatives and professionals from pedagogical and psychological faculties and institutes, as well as UNICEF staff from Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uzbekistan and Kosovo

Statement by UNICEF Representative, Sheldon Yett on the response to addressing violence in schools
UNICEF notes with concern the situation of violence against and among children in schools in this country

Continuous education for newborn care re-established (11 March 2011)
The United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in partnership with the Ministry of Health re-established an in-service training programme to improve newborn care.

New youth centers open in Kicevo and Struga to cater for increased demand in ethnically integrated extra-curricular activities (29 March 2011)
Mr. Sheldon Yett, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative and Mr.Gjorgija Sajkoski, President of the Council of Kicevo Municipality officially opened the new premises of the Kicevo Youth Center.

UN experts call for better data collection and research on violence against children (11 March 2011)
At a special event held during the current meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today, UN experts called for better data and research on violence against children in order to strengthen government action for prevention and response

Purple ribbon cut to open domestic violence counseling center for children and women (9 March 2011)
Mr. Spiro Ristovski, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Mr. Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative, and Mr. Vladimir Todorovik, Mayor of the Municipality of Center cut a purple ribbon – symbol of the fight against domestic violence

UNICEF: Investing in adolescents can break cycles of poverty and inequity
NEW YORK 25 February 2011- Investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents aged 10-19 now can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity, said UNICEF today in its 2011 State of the World’s Children report entitled ‘Adolescence: An Age of Opportunity

UNICEF promotes positive representations of Roma children to overcome stigma and discrimination
SKOPJE, 15 February 2011 - The importance of using positive images when promoting the rights of children and combating discrimination and stigma was at the core of the discussions at a Communication Symposium on Positive Representations of Roma Children.

UNICEF working to transform the delivery of social services for children
February 8, 2011 - The initiative is part of the ongoing reform of the social protection system designed to improve the efficiency of the system and improve the quality of social services for vulnerable groups, including children.

UNICEF study highlights that children are at greatest risk of being sexually abused by people they know and in their own homes
3 February 2011 - Children are at more risk of being sexually abused by people they know and in places where they should feel most protected.

UNICEF supported multicultural workshops encourage tolerance and communication among children with different ethnic background
27/28 January 2011 - UNICEF together with the Bureau for Development of Education and the Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution promoted a series of multicultural workshops for elementary and secondary schools.



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