Chișinau, February 27th 2014. The Alliance of Active NGO’s in the Field of Social Protection of Family and Child from the Republic of Moldova (APSCF) and ChildPact organized the launching event of the project: Together for Children: Stronger NGO Coalition in the Black Sea Region.
Civil society representatives, government officials and various journalists participated at the event. Among the speakers, there was Tatiana Potîng, CNPDC President, Marius Lazurcă, Romanian Ambassador in the Republic of Moldova, Rodica Moraru, Head of the Department of Social Assistance for Children at the Ministry of Labor in Moldova, Mirela Oprea, ChildPact Secretary General and Stela Vasluian, APSCF President.
The project Together for Children: Stronger NGO Coalition in the Black Sea Region is financed by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Romanian Official Development Assistance and implemented through UNDP – BRC (Bratislava Regional Center), in partnership with World Vision Romania, the Romanian Federation of Child NGOs (FONPC) and counterparts in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and the Republic of Moldova.
The event launched a debate about the child protection reforms in the Republic of Moldova and explored the opportunities to include child protection on the regional agenda of cooperation of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), according to Recommendation 127/2012.
Tatiana Potâng stressed the important role of civil society in child protection reforms. “All alternative services have started from these organisations as they have a greater flexibility in what concerns the work with vulnerable children. We would like to organize an encounter with various NGOs next month in order to analyse the problems in child protection system in Moldova at the moment. We want to create a platform of continuous dialogue among civil society organisations in Moldova”.
His Excellency Mr. Marius Lazurcă, Romanian Ambassador in the Republic of Moldova declared:
“In Romania, due to the tragic but also happy events that took place in 1989, we benefited from the attention of the whole world. The tragic situation of children in the Romanian orphanages was on the spotlight of international media.We were showed a mirror in which we could see the social and moral disaster our country found itself after 50 years of communist regime. The way children are treated is the best indicator of the moral health of a nation. I am happy that in its policy of cooperation, Romania, as a new donor state, included child protection on its agenda.”
Mirela Oprea, ChildPact Secretary General, talked about the importance of regional cooperation in child protection through the exchange of best practices among countries of the wider Black Sea region. She presented ChildPact’s initiative to create a regional cooperation mechanism to improve the lives of children in institutions, children left alone after their parents emigrated abroad for work, children with disabilities and children exploited for work. She declared: “Our region is experiencing a demographic fall which is extremely alarming, while the number of vulnerable children in the general population has increased a lot in the last twenty years. This means that fewer children are born, and from those born, a lot of them are expected to have a very difficult life. Democracy has not improved the lives of all children and this is a very concerning fact. More efforts are needed in the field of child protection and regional cooperation can be an instrument through which innovations and best practices are shared”.