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Programme in Kosovo

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF in Kosovo aims to ensure that all children, irrespective of their socio-economic or ethnic background, have access to quality and friendly services and opportunities to help them survive, develop, enrich their potential and become active and responsible citizens of their communities.

Focusing on leaving no child behind, UNICEF is committed to reaching the hardest to reach, the most vulnerable and least visible children suffering from multiple forms of exclusion. In Kosovo, the challenge of increasing access of children with disabilities, children from poor families and children from Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities to education, health and protection requires significant efforts and above all an approach that brings communities, policy makers, Institutions of Kosovo and civil society organisations together in partnership. To this end, UNICEF has been instrumental in supporting programmes that contribute to tangible impact for children who need our support the most.

UNICEF work takes a multi-sector approach which integrates education, health, child protection, inclusion and violence reduction strategies and combines these in strategic collaborations with the Institutions of Kosovo and other partners to assure that investments in human capital development is prioritised. UNICEF supports Kosovo institutions to improve the legal and regulatory framework in the area of children’s right, aligning it to European and international standards. Through strategic investments, capacity building and collaboration with civil society and the media, empowerment of children, adolescents and youth, we are forging a new future for Kosovo where the conflict of the past gives way to prosperity, ensuring that children being born in Kosovo today have a chance to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential. Through the activity of the Innovations Lab, we advance the use of technology and explore how to effect change through communication to a new generation of rights holders.

Municipal authorities are supported to become communities committed to fulfilling children’s rights, reflecting children’s rights in policies, laws, programmes and budgets, ensuring children are active agents and their voices and opinions are taken into consideration and influence decision making processes. Advancing social and behaviour change to improve outcomes for children, particularly the most excluded, is an important element of the current Programme.

 

UNICEF Kosovo “Rexhep Mala”, 7 Prishtine/ Kosovo

tel : + 381 38 249 230/231/232 ext.127

web: www.unicef.org/kosovoprogramme

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