Zelensky met with head of Representation of UNICEF in Ukraine: what he was talking about

KIEV. June 1. UNN. The international children’s day the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with the head of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine Lotta Sylwander. This reports the press service of the President, reports UNN.

“We are very grateful to UNICEF for their support and cooperation with Ukraine. Children inspire us to make the world better. Some of our children, especially those belonging to vulnerable groups, there are a lot of problems. We need more programs with UNICEF, and we need to make more of an effort to give Ukrainian kids a happy childhood that they deserve,” said Zelensky.

It is reported that during the meeting the President stressed that Ukraine needs new programmes in cooperation with UNICEF, to protect the safety and rights of children.

“I am very pleased that Ukraine has joined a Declaration on safe schools. Children are our future, do we risk if we don’t protect them properly,” – said the Head of state.

Zelensky and Sylvander discussed the possibilities of social support for children living below the poverty line and may be in a quandary.

A Lotta Sylwander noted that the pandemic COVID-19 has become a challenge for the future of children in Ukraine and the world. According to her, the most vulnerable are children under three and children who are brought up in large families and single parents.

“Poverty is often the reason that many children are in institutions and are denied the right to a family. We hope that the leadership of the President of Ukraine will allow to implement real steps to improve the lives of every child in Ukraine. UNICEF reiterates its readiness to work together with the Ukrainian authorities to implement these changes,” she said.

“We would like to use management tools and the experience of UNICEF to quickly implement the program of social protection of children”, – summed up is Zelensky.

We will remind, in Day of protection of children the President’s wife Elena Zelensky and head of the UN Children’s Fund in Ukraine, a Lotta Sylwander signed a Memorandum of understanding.