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UNICEF with Government and partners review its collaboration and celebrate 20 years for children in Azerbaijan

 

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UNICEF with Government and partners review its collaboration and celebrate 20 years for children in Azerbaijan

 

BAKU, July 2, 2013 - Today the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Azerbaijan together with its partners from the Government of Azerbaijan will review its collaboration at the Mid-Term Review (MTR) meeting of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government and UNICEF.

The meeting, to be attended by representatives of the key ministries (including State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and Ministry of Justice), civil society, UN agencies and members of diplomatic missions, is expected to be chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev. Mrs.Susana Sottoli, UNICEF Deputy Director of Programmes, from UNICEF headquarters, New York, is visiting Azerbaijan to take part in the MTR.

 

The Mid-Term Review meeting will assess progress in the current country programme (2011-2015), review proposed changes and lessons learnt in the areas of education, health, youth participation and child protection, as well as discuss the situation of children in the country. The main purpose of the process is to evaluate the strategic contribution to the respect, protection and fulfillment of children and adolescents’ rights in the country and make strategic recommendations for future cooperation.

 

The meeting will be followed by a special event dedicated to UNICEF’s 20th anniversary of working in Azerbaijan with participation of leaders from Government, Civil Society, Embassies, Private Sector and Media. A photo exhibition reflecting UNICEF’s top priorities and a short version of a documentary film produced by AzTV on UNICEF’s work in the country will be part of the reception at the Four Seasons Hotel Baku, accompanied by a musical program arranged by the Ministry of Culture. 

 “Since we started cooperation with Azerbaijan, our role has developed in line with Azerbaijan’s rapid development. In recognition of Azerbaijan’s financial progress, in 2007 UNICEF changed its focus in Azerbaijan from providing direct assistance to mothers and children through projects, to working with our partners to improve the entire system of child care and protection through policy and technical advice, and providing contact with global experience,” said UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan Mr. Mark Hereward.

“Azerbaijan is, in fact, a leading country in developing what our Headquarters is calling “UNICEF next generation” – a UNICEF for the future, a UNICEF which concentrates on networking, technical excellence, policy advice, global experience-sharing and similar support to governments and civil society as they develop their country to realize all child rights,” he said.

UNICEF started its work in Azerbaijan in 1993 and has contributed greatly in the areas of health, education, child protection, young people’s health, development and participation.

 

The theme of the 20th Anniversary is 'Unite for Children' and UNICEF Azerbaijan celebrates it in partnership with the government and other partners through a year-long celebration and joint activities and events organized by the partners from Government, Parliament and civil society. 

 

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For more information please contact:

 

Ayna Mollazade

Communication Officer, UNICEF Azerbaijan

Tel:  99412 492 3013

Fax: 99412 492 2468

Email: amollazade@unicef.org

 

 

 
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