Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, UNICEF and UNDP signed the Country Programme Action Plans (CPAPs) for the period between 2012-2016.
The UNICEF’s and UNDP’s country programmes support the Government of Montenegro to address key priority areas on its way to EU membership such as alleviation of poverty,
economic development, youth empowerment, child rights, good governance and environmental protection. The action plans confirm good cooperation between the UN Agencies and Montenegrin Government. The documents also correspond with Montenegro’s development needs, EU negotiation process, EU Commission’s opinion on the country’s candidacy, and UN Millennium Development Goals.
“Todays joint signing of the UNDP and UNICEF CPAP is an important milestone in the spirit of greater harmonization and coherence among UN agencies within the framework of UN Delivering as One in Montenegro,” said UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro Rastislav Vrbensky.
The CPAP between the Government of Montenegro and UNICEF focuses on fulfilment of child rights as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and in line with standards of the European Union. Priorities include improved equity and inclusion of children and women who are in need of special protection, who live in poverty or who are marginalised. The programme will include
continued support to Government to complete the reform of the child protection system in accordance with UN and EU standards and implementation of policies and strategies to improve all aspects of childhood. The proposed programme comprises two mutually reinforcing components: child protection and social inclusion; and child rights, policies and planning.
“Children are the most valuable resource that any country has. Ensuring that they achieve their full potential is the best investment a country can make for its future. The CPAP will contribute to achieving the aspirations of the Government and the people of Montenegro to ensure that all children enjoy their rights in line with global and European standards,” said UNICEF Representative Benjamin Perks.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro Milan Rocen said that the Action Plans reflect excellent cooperation with the UN system on development needs of Montenegro. “One of the main objectives of the five-year implementation of these documents is the support to the negotiation process for Montenegro’s EU membership,” said Rocen.
The Country Programme Action Plan is a unique agreement between the Government and UNICEF strives to ensure application of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and improvement of the situation of women and children in Montenegro.
The CPAP is aligned with the Integrated UN Programme for Montenegro 2012-2016 and have been developed through consultations with the Government of Montenegro, national partners and the international community for the betterment of the country and the lives of the people of Montenegro.