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Mar 18, 2016

…UNICEF Rep Says Children and Youths are Being Given a Voice

Ivan Yerovi

While Belize City is not officially a child friendly municipality, it is well on the way to achieving certification.  UNICEF Country Representative Ivan Yerovi says the idea is aimed at giving young people a voice to speak about their concerns and urges those in authority to help in addressing those issues.

 

Ivan Yerovi, Country Representative, UNICEF

“I’ve been traveling around the country precisely doing this kind of event, recognizing the municipalities because of the work they have done so far.  We are not yet certifying the city as child friendly, we are now recognizing them.  But I’m sure because of the level of commitment and passion that I have witnessed throughout the country I’m sure that the nine municipalities will be ready to be certified probably in six months from now, probably a year from now.  But I’ve seen the commitment which is precisely what it’s all about.  For us at UNICEF, this initiative means giving children a voice, making sure they speak up, making sure they share their concerns.  But also making sure that local and national authorities listen to them and do whatever is needed to change the condition and change those issues… remove those issues that are affecting children.  We are currently working with UNDP, a sister agency as part of the United Nations.  We are so thankful for that partnership and I would like to recognize the Ministry of Human Development and local government for their commitment.”

 

The initiative represents a strategy for promoting the highest quality of life for all citizens.

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