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President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev receives UNICEF Representative

BAKU, August 18, 2008 - President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received UNICEF Representative Ms. Hanaa Singer, who is completing her tenure in Azerbaijan.

Pointing out to very fruitful cooperation between UNICEF and Azerbaijan and thanking Ms. Singer for her close involvement and vital contribution to relations of Azerbaijan with UNICEF, President Ilham Aliyev stressed once more the commitment of Azerbaijan to further investing in health, education and protection of Azerbaijani children and looked forward to continuation of technical assistance provided by UNICEF to the country.
Ms. Singer thanked the Government of Azerbaijan and personally President Ilham Aliyev for continuous support and attention to UNICEF in all the critical issues concerning children during her stay in Azerbaijan. She especially noted positive developments in the areas of health and HIV/AIDS, education and child protection reforms including adoption of respective laws and programmes and collection of vital evidence for policymaking and hoped that more expenditure will be allocated to the social budgeting .
“We in UNICEF believe that Azerbaijan is very special, therefore, despite having gone through a very painful period of transition, armed conflict  and despite being the country with one of  the highest IDP population per capita, can do even more for children, can allocate even more resources to health, education and protection of children and eventually can surprise the world with its successful child-oriented social policies and achievements for children as you have already done with impressive economic growth”, stated Ms. Singer.
UNICEF works in 156 countries and territories around the world. Its programmes cover education, health, water and sanitation and the protection of children. UNICEF also advocates with governments for inclusive policies, budgets, and programmes to protect and promote the rights of children, and to ensure that children have a voice in their own futures.
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