UNICEF and Government of Tajikistan sign new six-year Country Programme Action Plan
DUSHANBE, 28 December 2009 – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed a new six-year Country Programme Action Plan (CPAP) for the period 2010-2015 with the Government of Tajikistan on 25 December 2009 in Dushanbe.
Mrs. Rukiya Kurbanova, Deputy Prime-Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan, signed the Country Programme Action Plan on behalf of the Government of Tajikistan, alongside Ms. Hongwei Gao, UNICEF Country Representative in Tajikistan.
“The Government of Tajikistan takes all possible efforts to ensure children’s rights and interests, and meet their needs in line with national and international legal documents,” said Mrs. Kurbanova during the signing ceremony. “I am confident that with UNICEF assistance the new Programme of Cooperation designed to run from 2010 to 2015 will be implemented successfully.” Ms. Hongwei Gao added, “The CPAP has been developed following many rounds of close consultations with Government counterparts, UN sister agencies and donor partners. It builds on the achievements and lessons learnt from the current programme of cooperation.”
During the next six years UNICEF will provide 12 million US dollars from its regular resources and 16 million US dollars from other resources. The priorities of the programme will focus on saving children’s lives; providing quality basic education, particularly for girls; water, sanitation and hygiene education (WASH) at schools; child care sector reform and justice for children. The new CPAP for the period 2010-2015 will be implemented within a new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), signed by the Government of Tajikistan and the United Nations earlier in December. Under the UNDAF, UNICEF and other UN agencies present in Tajikistan will align their development activities to support the National Development Strategy and the Poverty Reduction Strategy.
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