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Ukraine and UNICEF sign plan of action for 2009

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UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Jeremy Hartley and Minister for Family, Youth and Sports of Ukraine Yuriy Pavlenko signed the Annual Work Plan between the Ukrainian Government and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) for 2009.

Internal Affairs, Ministry of Education and Science, and also journalists took part in this meeting.

“There are no doubts that the Plan for cooperation between the United Nations Children's Fund and the Ukrainian Government for 2009 will be accomplished in full”, stated Minister for Family, Youth and Sports Yuriy Pavlenko. In his turn, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine Jeremy Hartley reminded that in 2009 the world marks the 20-th anniversary of the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, thereby focusing attention of the stakeholders on the unique opportunity to intensify advocacy for children and their rights worldwide. Mr. Hartley reassured all the participants that the UNICEF in Ukraine will continue protect children’s right and advocate for placing children at the top of the political agenda of the Government. He also welcomed the recent signing by the President of the National Plan of Action for Children on implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in Ukraine and admitted that this document will force the positive changes in the area of rights protection and life quality improvement of Ukrainian children and their families.

During the meeting participants discussed the results of first three years of cooperation and presented four programmes jointly implemented by the United Nations Children's Fund in Ukraine and Government of Ukraine. These are: “Advocacy, Information and Social Policy”, “HIV/AIDS Children and Youth”, “Child Protection”, “Child Health and Development”. Among the priority projects of the cooperation for this year were mentioned the juvenile justice, childcare system reform, restoring public trust in immunisation, addressing children poverty, iodine deficiency problems in Ukraine. Mr. Jeremy Hartley thanked the Government for the fruitful cooperation and urged the effective realizations of the assigned tasks.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) opened its office in Kyiv in 1997. Since then, the children’s agency has been working to improve the lives of children and families throughout Ukraine.
Over the years, UNICEF has increased its support to the Government of Ukraine to develop health, nutrition, education and protection programmes for children. UNICEF advocates for children’s right to participation and prioritises actions for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Recognizing that the well being of children is closely linked to the situation of their mothers, UNICEF also works to help women in Ukraine to improve their health and education, and protect their rights.

For more information please contact:
Veronika Vashchenko, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ukraine,  +38-044-254-2450,
Anna Sukhodolska, Communication Assistant, UNICEF Ukraine, +38-044-230-2514,



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