Celebrating ChildPact’s New Status

ChildPact is proud to announce the signature of the documents needed for its formal registration with Romanian authorities.  As a coalition representing over six hundred NGOs and ten national coalitions in ten countries throughout the wider Eastern European region, ChildPact members now come together to legally incorporate in Romania.

With formal registration, ChildPact will be able to legally represent its members in grant acquisition, partnership, and policy dialog with key regional and international stakeholders. Romania was chosen as ChildPact’s legal home for a variety of reasons, including Romania’s worldwide experience in child protection that can be shared regionally.

ChildPact’s official signing ceremony took place during the Eurochild Annual Conference held in Bucharest from 26 to 28 November 2014. ChildPact’s founding members signed the documents for ChildPact’s official registration:  Raimonda Bozo, President of BKTF Albania, Mira Antonyan, President of the Child Protection Network Armenia, George Bogdanov, Executive Director of the National Network for Children Bulgaria, Mariana Ianachevici, President of APSCF Moldova, Roxana Ogrendil, Executive Director of FONPC Romania.

ChildPact leaders extend their appreciation to World Vision International for its capacity building, assistance and partnership throughout its years of development. World Vision’s ability to strengthen local ownership while unifying civil society is a testament to its own development mission in the region.

ChildPact was established as an informal network at the Black Sea NGO Forum in 2011, when seven leaders of child rights networks from the region decided that a regional coalition of child protection NGOs is needed. The initial objectives, which are continued by the newly registered entity, are to: 1. Monitor and influence child-related policies; 2. Strengthen the capacity of the members. 3. Advocate for regional cooperation at inter-governmental and civil society level. 4. Raise public awareness of child rights and protection issues.

The official press release can be found here.