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UNICEF past achievements


UNICEF past achievements


UNICEF collaborates closely with governmental institutions, civil society and private partners in creating the optimal conditions and environments for realisation of children’s rights. Over the years, UNICEF has supported a number of public and private institutions in conducting assessments, developing standards, drafting laws and creating services aiming to improve the lives of children in Azerbaijan.  UNICEF’s capacity to build strong partnerships with public, private and international organizations was instrumental to the success of these efforts.  In addition to the Government, partners such as the World Bank and the European Union, as well local companies and foundations, participated in improving conditions for the fulfilment of children’s rights in different areas. Important achievements are being noted in the following areas: 

Child Care and Protection

New legislation on Social Services and on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;

Government funding for NGOs to run social care services for vulnerable children.

Pilots of alternative care models, new forms of gate-keeping and case management models for de-institutionalization.

Development of standardised individual care plans for children with disabilities.

Child Rights Monitoring

Independent monitoring of child rights in all types of state care and detention centres.

Government internal child rights promotion mechanism upgraded.

National legislative framework pertinent to child rights, child care and violence against children and other areas improved.

Juvenile justice:

Legal aid centres, diversion and psychosocial support programmes. Desk for legal counselling within ASAN service centres.

Specialist justice teams trained at the Baku Grave Crimes Court where 60% of all juvenile cases are handled.

Juvenile Justice Task Force Group established.

Police officers trained in child rights.

Inclusive sports & youth participation:

Adolescent Declaration on Safe and Inclusive sport adopted as a result of nationwide consultation with more than 15,000 youth.

Transformation of Youth Houses into a platform for adolescents to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

State Youth Programme for 2016-2020 developed based on young people’s opinions.

The First Youth Development Strategy for Azerbaijan adapted to the needs of youth.

Establishment of the first Children’s Paralympic Committee.

Partnerships with Olympic Centres as trend-setters to broaden the use of their facilities to a wider young population.


Pilots of education inclusion.

Introduction of the School Readiness Programme.

Establishment of Parent-Teacher-Student Associations (PTAs) within “child-friendly” schools.

Disaster Risk Reduction introduced into the education system.

Early detection and prevention of childhood disabilities:

National Plan of Action for early detection and prevention of childhood disability developed.

Training of staff of the first rehabilitation centre in the country (Baku Child Rehabilitation and Treatment Centre) specialised in early detection and prevention of childhood disability.

Health and Nutrition:

Compulsory Iodisation of salt by largest food producers.

Full immunisation coverage, Vitamin A supplementation and achieved status of “polio free" country.

Map of nationwide HIV testing and counselling services for young people created.

Review of HIV-related legislation suggested to the Parliament.

Adoption of international live birth definition (ILBD).

Social services:

Standards for social services for children adopted by the Government.

The need for essential social services and their availability for vulnerable groups identified.

Gender equality:

Awareness raised about the harmful practice of child marriages.

Promotion of child rights and healthy lifestyles through partnership with the Azerbaijan Association of Football Federations (AFFA).

Guidelines for coaches working with girls developed.


Data collection:

Enhanced knowledge on the situation of the most vulnerable children. 

Improved systems for collection of statistical data on children.






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