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UNICEF and the Government of Azerbaijan to host a conference: “Creating a Brighter Future for the Young People of Azerbaijan”

BAKU, February 3, 2006 – Young people, high-level government officials, MPs, media, district authorities and civil society representatives will convene for a unique two-day conference on February 6-7, 2006 at the Park Inn Hotel in Baku.   

“Creating a Brighter Future for the Young People of Azerbaijan”, organized by UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office together with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Economic Development, is a meeting where voices of young people and children would be heard by decision-makers.

This unique planning conference will meet two goals at the same time: help large diverse groups discover values, purposes, and projects they hold in common regarding youth participation; and enable people to create a desired future together and to start action planning right away.

It is expected that the results of the conference will get incorporated in the State Programme on Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2006-2015.

The event will be preceded by a two-day meeting (February, 4-5) for young people only, where 14-18 year old people from all over the country, including school and university students, street children, IDPs and children with disabilities, will get a chance to meet each other, exchange views and prepare for the conference with the participation of adults.

“Young people contribute to society in countless, influential ways. UNICEF works with and for young people to involve them in life-affirming activities,” said Hanaa Singer, UNICEF Azerbaijan Representative.” When they are appreciated as sources of energy, imagination, knowledge and passion, young people flourish and so their communities flourish,” she added.

The event will be facilitated by internationally acclaimed organization, Future Search Associates which utilizes - a proven planning method that brings a “whole system” into the room to work on a task-focused agenda. It was created for the express purpose of helping people to go beyond problem-solving to make systemic improvements in their communities and organizations. It has been employed with virtually all social, technological and economic issues in North and South America, Africa, Australia, Europe, India and South Asia.

For further information please contact:

Ayna Mollazade, Communication Officer

Tel:  99412 492 3013

Fax: 99412 492 2468

Email: amollazade@unicef.org

 

 

 
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