UNICEF high level visit to enhance child rights partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan
ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan, 19 November 2007 – UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Ms. Maria Calivis, is visiting Turkmenistan to meet with high level officials of the Government and discuss potential areas of broadening strategic partnerships for children in light of new reforms initiated by the Government.
During her three day visit, Ms. Calivis will call on the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov to review the progress the Government of Turkmenistan made in the area of child’s health, education and social development. She will also discuss about the priority areas of collaboration for the coming two years of the Government-UNICEF Country programme.
This is the second meeting taking place at such a high level this year between the UN Children’s Fund and the Government of Turkmenistan. The first meeting was held between the President of Turkmenistan and UNICEF Executive Director Ms. Ann Veneman in New York in September 2007 where the President recognized UNICEF’s work in the country and pledged to personally oversee joint programmes for children and devote special attention to them. The President also referred to his efforts to further accelerate progress in health, nutrition, and education.
Meetings are also planned with the Chairperson of the Medjlis (Parliament), Vice Premier Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Vice Premier Minister in charge of Health and Education to discuss major child rights related reform areas as well as future programme adjustments associated with upcoming joint Government-UNICEF Mid-term programme review.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
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