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Bulgaria and UNICEF join forces to end placement of children under three in institutions

OFIA/GENEVA, 13 November, 2012 What: The Republic of Bulgaria will host a two-day regional ministerial conference next week in collaboration with UNICEF to end placing children under three in institutions. Currently, the region of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia has 1.3 million children who are separated from their biological families. Half of them are placed in institutions while the youngest are at risk of severe developmental delays when growing up without a family.

The aim of the meeting is to urge the governments in the region to provide stronger support to vulnerable families so that the children who most need help are able to survive and thrive in nurturing environments.

A situation analysis of children under three in formal care will be launched. The report details the absence of valuable services or existing barriers barring the most vulnerable families from accessing them and what governments and societies can do to dismantle them. 

21 - 22 November 2012

Hotel Hilton in Sofia, Bulgaria


The opening speeches will be made by: 

Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, President of the Republic of Bulgaria

Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier, CEE/CIS Regional Director, UNICEF

Mr. Jan Jarab, OHCHR Regional Representative for Europe

Mr. László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

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Media opportunities: 

The press is kindly invited on:  

  • On Wednesday 21 November

To cover the opening of the conference from 9.00 a.m. – 10.00 a.m.

To interview key note speakers at 10.35 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.

  • On Thursday 22 November

To interview and get an update from key resource at 13.00 a.m. – 13.30 a.m.

For further information please click on the conference page:  http://www.unicef.org/ceecis/media_20824.html 

To set up interviews contact:
Jacklin Tzocheva, UNICEF Bulgaria, 
Tel + 359 88 868 3231 jtchozeva@unicef.org

Lely Djuhari, UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS 
Tel + 41 792 0444 82  ldjuhari@unicef.org

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