Addis Ababa December 06/2017 Italy and UNICEF have signed one-million Euros agreement to strengthen the second phase of civil registration for children in Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' regional (SNNPR) states today.
The first phase of the vital events registration project is under implementation in 50 percent of woredas and kebeles of Oromia and SNNP regions. The remaining half will be covered in this second phase of the project, it was learned.
Signing the agreement, UNICEF Representative to Ethiopia Gillian Mellsop said “we enter into the second phase of this partnership having witnessed encouraging results over the past twelve months”.
The renewed support will allow UNICEF to scale up its programmatic support to the regional vital events registration agencies of Oromia and SNNP in their efforts to further improve and standardize civil registration, she added.
Italian Agency for Development Cooperation Addis Ababa Office Head, Ginevra Letizia said on her part the project works at community level to raise awareness on the importance and benefits of birth registration.
According to the Head, “The registration is a crucial element for each individual, allowing citizens to benefit from social, economic, cultural, civil and political rights, reducing the phenomena of marginalization and exploitation.”
Oromia Vital Registration Deputy Director-General, Merede Gudeta said this support is vital to promote birth registration and educating the community about how to get the benefits from the registration.
“I would like to assure everyone that we will work to achieve our goals with all the partners, especially UNICEF and the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation”, he underscored.
At the global level, the government of Ethiopia has made commitment to provide legal identity for all, including birth registration by 2030.