[Serbia] Serbia joined a Global Partnership to End Violence against Children

20 Dec 2018

Minister of Labor, Employment, Veterans and Social Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Zoran Djordjevic signed the Document on the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children with the support of UNICEF, which provided Serbia with access to additional global information and exchange of knowledge and experience with other countries of the world as well as global visibility when it comes to achievements and progress of Serbia in this domain.

"Signing this document is a big thing for Serbia. We need to eradicate violence against children in the forthcoming period, because this is very important, not only for our country, but for the whole world. One of the most important priorities of the Government of Serbia is the care and protection of our youngest citizens and we will persevere in that. So far, we have had a lot of activities in this area, and one of them drafting of the Law on the Children's Ombudsman, which is in the final phase and will soon be included in the parliamentary procedure" the minister said.

Minister Djordjevic once again announced that the Ministry will organize the round table entitled "Children are also citizens of the world" at the Theater for children "Pozoristance Puz" on the International Children's Day on November 20, which will be attended by our youngest members of society, who will then get the chance to enjoy the children's show. According to him, the most important thing is that children feel that the state gives them more attention and thinks about them.

"I expect great progress in the upcoming years. Serbia has made progress in many areas and has made great strides, so I believe that we will succeed and be an example to other countries when it comes to fighting violence against children" Minister Djordjevic said, and once again thanked UNICEF for its support.

The signing of the document was attended by UNICEF Director Regina De Dominicis, who pointed out that the Government of Serbia, by signing this document, joined a global partnership to fight against violence against children.

"It depends of all of us whether we will be only observers or we will make efforts to solve the problem of violence against children. Today, Serbia has decided to take action and I congratulate her on this. The result of our joint activities will be the adoption of a new National Strategy for the prevention of child protection against violence prepared by the Government of Serbia with the support of UNICEF" said Dominicis.

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