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UNICEF and Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan review progress of Country Programme of Cooperation


Mid-term review identifies priorities for the next two years

KABUL, Afghanistan, 23 July 2017–A mid-term review of the Country Programme of Cooperation (2015-2019) between UNICEF and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) was held today in Kabul to discuss progress in achieving key results for children in Afghanistanfor their survival, development, protection and participation.

The high-level meeting, chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister,H.E. Hekmat Khalil Karzai, and UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia,Ms. Jean Gough, outlined that specific issues would be prioritized over the next two yearsincluding girls’ education; malnutrition; maternal, newborn and child health; routine immunization; safe drinking water; emergency responses; polio eradication; and support to the Afghanistan National Development and Peace Framework (ANDPF).

Speaking at the event H.E. Deputy Minister Karzai expressed confidence in the agreed priorities. “We are very pleased that the Country Programme of Cooperation is aligned at present to support national priorities, particularly the National Education Sector Plan III, the National Health Policy and Strategy, National Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Policy and the national priority programme of the Citizens Charter,” said Deputy Minister Karzai. “We are optimistic that we will continue to see results in our efforts to improve the lives of children in Afghanistan.”

In her remarks, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia, Jean Gough affirmed UNICEF’s commitment to continue to work tirelessly with the Government to improve the lives of children in Afghanistan. . However, she cautioned that much still remains to be done. “This mid-term review provides the opportunity to get children’s issues higher on the political and public agenda; ensure that the Child Act is adopted; make a final push towards polio eradication; join the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement to prevent all forms of malnutrition, including stunting; create a nationwide movement around girls’ education, and; ensure the sustainability of our joint interventions.”

Participants at the meeting included representatives of various Government ministries, donor partners, UN agencies and the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. The mid-term review was the culmination of an extensive series of consultative meetings and workshops with various sectoral ministries and civil society organisations at both national and provincial level,to assess the effectiveness of the Country Programme.

The Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and UNICEF have worked together continuously in Afghanistan since 1949, making it one of the longest-serving partnerships in the country. For over 65 years UNICEF has supported GoIRA in the promotion of the rights of children and women in Afghanistan, especially those who are most in need. 

For further information, please contact:

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Ahmad Shekib Mostaghani

UNICEF Afghanistan:

Denise Shepherd-Johnson
0798 50 7110
Ahmad Jan Nawzadi
079 850 7112



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