Tuesday, 22 October 2013

“Bucharest Statement” on Regional Cooperation for Child Protection

ChildPact, the Regional Coalition for Child Protection in the wider Black Sea area, hosted a special panel at the Black Sea NGO Forum (Bucharest, 4-6 September 2013). Government officials from six ChildPact countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania and Serbia) and civil society representatives discussed the ChildPact’s proposal to build a Regional Cooperation Mechanism for Child Protection in the region and agreed that regional cooperation is an important factor in achieving the next level of progress in child protection reforms.

Codrin Scutaru,Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Protection and Elderly opened the panel, providing an overview of some recent developments in the Romanian system of child protection. He acknowledged the partnership between Government and NGOs: “I am very concerned about child poverty, the most dangerous kind of poverty. NGOs have given us models for child protection. The state has a duty to find adequate answers to our lessons in child protection”.

At the end of the event, the “Bucharest Statement” to express the commitment and determination of involved stakeholders in taking co-ordinated actions towards the strengthening of regional cooperation for child protection was adopted.

You can read the Bucharest Declaration here.
You can watch a video about the event here.
For more information about ChildPact, please visit the website www.childpact.org.

Contact Persons:
Roxana Todea, Press Officer, todea.roxana@gmail.comor
MirelaOprea, ChildPact Secretary General, mirela_oprea@wvi.org.

Photo: Panel during the Black Sea NGO Forum, Child Pact

Information provided by Roxana Todea, ChildPact

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