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Joint UN mission visits Azerbaijan

BAKU, 14 May 2005 - A joint mission of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF and the World Food Program (WFP) visited Azerbaijan from 9-14 May.

Azerbaijan was the fourth country in the world and the first in Europe to be selected by the Executive Board (EB) for the purpose of evaluating the level of cooperation among the UN agencies operating in Azerbaijan, and also to assess how efficiently they contribute to the country's development.

During the visit members of the EB were acquainted with UNICEF's partners, NGO's and religious leaders. The Board also met with the President of Azerbaijan, as well as several cabinet ministers and senior officials.

The Executive Board also visited UN projects in Fizuli, Sabirabad, Guba and Salyan. The mission's report on the visit will be available online in June.

In Fizuli, the EB accompanied by several UNICEF officials and staff members visited mine fields on the frontline area. During the visit the Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) gave a presentation on mine awareness and mine-risk education related activities. The Board also visited a school in ANAMA's regional headquarters in Horadiz, where presentations were made on Mine Risk Education. The event was extremely encouraging as the delegation observed the positive participation of the children which signaled the success of the MRE program.

The Executive Board also visited Guba where they toured school number 2 to witness "active learning" activities and survey the school leadership project. The Board also visited the Youth Resource Center in Guba. In addition, the Executive Board visited Salyan where they were taken to several public health care facilities, to witness the proper implementation of Primary Healthcare Reforms Project.



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