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UNICEF Regional Director visits Azerbaijan

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Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for CEE/CIS during a media briefing in Baku

Three-day trip to focus on results for children

BAKU, 9 March 2007 – Results for children in the areas of health, education and protection will be the subjects of a visit by Ms. Maria Calivis, UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS). The three-day visit starts on 11th March.

During her trip, Ms. Calivis is expected to meet senior Government officials – including the Deputy Prime Minister, the Ministers of Health, Social Protection, Education, Youth and Sports, Economic Development - the President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the First Lady Ms. Mehriban Aliyeva, the Chairman of the Parliament and Chairmen of the Social Policy, Human Rights and International Relations commissions of the Parliament and representatives of the international development community and the United Nations.

During her meetings, Ms. Calivis will discuss broader child protection issues and the need to focus on achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The Regional Director will also visit the Internal Displaced Persons’ (IDP) settlement in Darnagul District of Baku to see the situation of children living there.

Ms. Maria Calivis, an Italian national, became Regional Director for UNICEF CEE/CIS in February 2004. Before coming to the region, she served as the UNICEF Representative in India and in Tunisia.


UNICEF is on the ground in 155 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
Tel: 99412 492 3013
Fax: 99412 492 2468



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