January 4, 2004: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic sign the fourth Programme of Cooperation (2005-2010)
On 4 January, 2004 in the Government House in the Kyrgyz Republic, UNICEF Resident Representative Mr. Richard Young and Vice Prime Minister Ms. Toktosh Aitikeeva have signed the Programme of Cooperation and Country Programme Action Plan for 2005-2010 between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF. The Programme foresees special efforts to ensure that the most disadvantaged children and women have access to resources and quality social services, and are adequately protected by relevant policies to address their rights.
UNICEF commits to sustain a wide-ranging partnership and seek US$9,000,000 to support the central and local governments, non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations having responsibilities to achieve the Programme’s overall goals: realization of the rights of every child and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
UNICEF will continue to address the immediate needs of children in the areas of health, nutrition and education, and emerging patterns of exclusion, discrimination and vulnerability. Most of the efforts will be concentrated in the poorest, most deprived regions of the Republic. At the same time, the new Programme aims to assist policymakers to formulate and implement legislative and administrative frameworks that will lead to public policies, strategies and actions to support child rights and an overall increase in investments for children. The Programme provides opportunities for poor communities, local governing bodies and young people to actively participate in decision-making processes.
By end of the Programme, special policy reforms and services are expected to be in place for:
- protecting children who are deprived of parental care or whose rights are violated;
- identifying and intervening in cases of child abuse and exploitation;
- increasing responsibilities and strengthening capacities of those who must bear duties for ensuring children’s rights;
- applying the Convention on the Rights of the Child and international standards in juvenile justice;
- providing quality care during pregnancy, delivery and postpartum periods, as well as neonatal and postnatal periods in selected rayons, especially for poor women;
- providing quality care and treatment, including immunization and nutrition for children, with a focus on the most disadvantaged;
- enrolling all children in the poorest regions in schools and ensuring their regular attendance through community management of education;
- giving opportunities to young children in the poorest regions to benefit from early childhood development programmes; and
- supporting adolescents to protect themselves from risky behaviours, leading to drug use and infections such as HIV/AIDS
The Programme and its expected results are formulated based on a comprehensive analysis of the situation of children and women in the Republic and commitments given by the Kyrgyz government at international and national forums. Of particular importance in this regard has been the National Conference on Child Poverty: Strategies Towards its Elimination held in Bishkek in December 2004. The Resolution agreed upon by the high level participants at the Conference provides strong backing and a clear action plan in support of UNICEF’s efforts to address poverty among Kyrgyz children. “UNICEF intends to work as a close partner with government, civil society, international organizations and children themselves to really follow up on actions agreed at the Child Poverty Conference and quickly put in place conditions to ensure a brighter future for the children of Kyrgyzstan” said Richard Young.