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Kyiv to become child-friendly city

© Ombudsman of Ukraine / 2012

Kyiv, May 23, 2012 - Today Representative of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine Yukie Mokuo met with Head of Kyiv State Administration Oleksander Popov.

During the meeting they discussed current projects and areas for future cooperation between Kyiv State Administration and UNICEF. "It is difficult to overestimate the importance of protecting children’s rights. We appreciate our partnership with UNICEF and we are committed to continue being your reliable partner in the future" - said Olexander Popov. He also presented a new initiative of Kyiv city "Kyiv without orphans" for the period of 2012 – 2015 that will be discussed at one of the upcoming session of Kyiv City Council.

"It is an excellent initiative and very timely one. The UNICEF experts will review it to provide recommendations. With implementation of such programmes we can really make a change in the lives of children for the better", - emphasized Ms. Mokuo. She also briefed the participants on UNICEF project “Child Friendly City” and invited Kyiv to join this initiative.

It is suggested to envisage more active participation of Kyiv children and youth through establishment of Advisory Board to the Kyiv City Administration to ensure more effective protection of children’s rights and promotion of youth interests’ in the Ukrainian capital.

In addition, Yukie Mokuo told about UNICEF campaign "Euro - 2012: act for children" and invited to open football tournament “UNICEF Cup” that takes place in the capital on 31 May 2012. “UNICEF Cup” is a national competition among football teams of vulnerable children, including orphans and children deprived of parental care, children from crisis families, adolescents living or working on the streets. This year 6 teams from Donetsk, Odesa, Kyiv (2 teams), Lviv (Brody) and Ivano-Frankivsk (Kolomyya) regions take part in the UNICEF Cup. The goal of the tournament is to use football as one of the instruments in the rehabilitation of vulnerable children and to draw public attention to children's challenges in Ukraine.

Earlier this week, UNICEF Representative met Commissioner of the Parliament of Ukraine on human rights Valeria Lutkovska. At the meeting the participants discussed the ways for cooperation between UNICEF and the Ombudsman, including child rights-related legislation and ratification of several international conventions and legal documents on these issues.

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For further information, please contact: Veronika Vashchenko, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ukraine, +38-044-254-2450.

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About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is a world leader on protection of child rights and best interests of a child. UNICEF is working on the ground in 190 countries to protect and support children from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Ukraine in 1997. For more information:
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