The 2012-2016 Country Program Action Plan signed by the Kyrgyz Government
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan, 13 January 2012 - The Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF have signed a new Country Programme Action Plan for 2012-2016 to improve the lives of children.
In the next five years UNICEF will support government and civil society efforts to increase equity and the social inclusion of children who need protection, who live in poverty and who are at risk of ethnic violence so that they can exercise their rights.
“Kyrgyzstan is unable to address all social problems alone and therefore we closely collaborating with international organizations,” said Ms. Asymbekova, Vice Prime Minister on Social Affairs. “UNICEF assists our country to reduce child poverty, child and maternal mortality. There are two million children living in the country and they will need to develop fully and live healthily.”
The programme will address the three key development challenges for the realization of child rights in Kyrgyzstan: poverty, social exclusion and vulnerability, and chronic system weaknesses. The Programme of Cooperation and Action Plan are based on national priorities and in line with the Mid-Term Development Programme 2012-2014 and will support the country to improve policies, increase quality access for excluded children and families to health, education, nutrition and social services.
“A greater focus is given to equity so that children who are not covered by health programmes or education, mothers who do not have antenatal care and families who do not receive state social benefits can enjoy these services,” said Jonathan Veitch, UNICEF Representative. “This is the Government’s Programme and UNICEF remains committed to support the Government.”
Over the next five years, UNICEF intends to raise US $30 million to carry out the joint activities.
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