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San Marino-UNICEF Award goes to children’s advocacy group from Azerbaijan

BAKU, 24 February 2010 – UNICEF is providing support for the presentation of the Alexander Bodini Charitable Foundation children’s awards, which will honour three child-led organizations that have successfully and meaningfully contributed to creating a world fit for children.

San Marino-Alexander Bodini Foundation Children’s Awards recipients this year include an NGO from Azerbaijan – “Nur”, Children and Youth Public Union. Two other finalists are “The Network of children and youth communicators” from Honduras and Nairobi Youth Counselling Centre from Kenya.
"NUR" is a social union created in 1999 by the children's own initiative on the bases of the common interest, volunteer works and the principle of equal rights of its members. It organizes its activities on the basis of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The 2009 San Marino-Alexander Bodini Foundation Children’s Awards will comprise a grant of US$20,000 for each finalist.  The awards will be presented at an event in New York City on February 25 in the presence of members of the Government of San Marino and the Executive Director of UNICEF. Ambassador Bodini will present an award for “Nur” to Mr. Agshin Mehdiyev, the Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to the United Nations.

The three UNICEF offices from where the award recipient organizations are selected will also receive US$10,000 each from the Alexander Bodini Charitable Foundation towards the promotion of children’s participation and civic engagement.

The focus of the award is active youth participation in community-based programmes as a means to strengthen and protect children’s rights. The award recognizes the positive contribution and dedication of children to promoting child rights. In providing these awards to the selected child-led organization, the Alexander Bodini Charitable Foundation seeks to promote them as role models for other children and young people around the world.

The support for this award is another expression of UNICEF's commitment to recognizing the positive contribution of children and young people to meaningful and effective participation and as agents of change.

Nur, like the other organizations being honoured this year, have focused their work on children and young people working to promote the rights of children, and this work sets an example for other NGOs,” says UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan Mark Hereward. “We are so pleased this work in Azerbaijan has been recognized globally, and take it as great encouragement to keep moving forward”.


UNICEF works 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.

For further information please contact:

Ayna Mollazade, Communication Officer
UNICEF Azerbaijan
Tel:  99412 492 3013 (ext.109)



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