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UNICEF commemorates 25 years of partnership for children in Azerbaijan

BAKU, January 15 2018 – This year UNICEF commemorates its 25th anniversary of working for children in Azerbaijan.

“UNICEF is proud to mark a quarter of a century of working in Azerbaijan to build brighter futures for every child in this young nation,” said Edward Carwardine, UNICEF Representative to Azerbaijan. “As Azerbaijan continues to grow rapidly, economically and socially, UNICEF remains committed to a vision of a future where all children enjoy the same opportunities, the same chances in life and the same respect for their rights.”

UNICEF began working in Azerbaijan in 1993. During the first years of Azerbaijan’s independence, UNICEF’s programmes addressed both urgent humanitarian needs and national development priorities. Amongst those priorities, 25 years ago, were immunization against preventable diseases, improving child and maternal health and nutrition, providing primary education and protecting children at risk of harm.

Working together with the Government, civil society and local communities, UNICEF has contributed to significant progress for children and women in Azerbaijan, including – amongst other successes – helping to make Azerbaijan a polio-free country and reducing the prevalence of other preventable diseases, introducing universal iodisation of salt to reduce conditions such as stunting, raising primary school enrolment rates to over 90 per cent,  introducing the first school preparedness programme for five-year old’s, and halving the number of children living in institutions.

At the same time, UNICEF has provided support to the country’s lawmakers and policy makers to introduce legislation and initiatives that have protected girls against early marriage, created more opportunities for children with disabilities to learn in mainstream schools, provided free legal aid services for children, increased access to sports and recreation for all children, increased the technical skills of health workers, teachers and other care professionals, and started to build new generations of social workers and youth workers.

“Our goal today is to enable all children – wherever they are born, and whatever their circumstances – to have the same chance in life; a chance to be healthy, well-educated, safe, and to live in dignity,” said Edward Carwardine. “It has been our honour and privilege to serve the children of Azerbaijan for the last 25 years, and we look forward to continuing to contribute to the lives of children across this country.”

 

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UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work in Azerbaijan visit: www.unicef.org/azerbaijan

 

For further information please contact:

Ayna Mollazade, Communication and Partnership Specialist

UNICEF Azerbaijan

Tel:  (99412) 492 3013

Email: amollazade@unicef.org

 

 
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