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Kyrgyzstan celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the CRC

© UNICEF Kyrgyzstan / 2009
UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan, Timothy Schaffter (centre), with vulnerable children at the launch of the new study in the UN House in Bishkek.

20 November 2009 - Today, on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the results of national research into child poverty and inequality in Kyrgyzstan were presented in UN House.

“Among the events carried out to mark the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, the presentation of the report on child poverty and deprivation is key,” noted Tim Schaffter, UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan, in his welcoming speech. “Children, their wellbeing and their future should always be at the centre of attention of society, national policies and strategies,” he said.

The authors of the research – the Presidential Institute of Strategic Analysis and Evaluation, in cooperation with the National Statistical Committee and CASE-Kyrgyzstan Centre for Socioeconomic Research – noted that despite steady growth in basic socioeconomic indicators, and measures that have been taken to reduce poverty in Kyrgyzstan, every second child in the country continues to live and grow in poverty.

Child poverty has already become a commonplace and noticeable phenomenon. A whole generation of children can be observed in the country that were born and brought up in impoverished families. This proves the existence of chronic poverty and the fact the poverty is passed from generation to generation.

“We have given ourselves the goal of using new approaches to analyse the level of, severity of, and reasons for child poverty in the country,” said Sergey Masaulov, Director of the Presidential Institute for Strategic Analysis and Evaluation. “At the base we have included factors of creation of human capital and the influence of state policies in the context of the global financial and economic crisis.”

The problem of child poverty was considered during the research through the prism of general poverty in the country, taking into account the facts that poverty has a deeper, and generally less reversible, impact on children; that the level of child poverty is usually higher than the general poverty level, and that the process of eliminating both child poverty and its consequences is as a rule more complicated.

Furthermore, the evaluation of child poverty was not carried out just from the point of view of material deprivation, but also from the position of access to education, early childhood development, health and social protection programmes.

In addition to the evaluation, the research authors also recommended a range of measures to realise national policy to reduce child poverty and to ensure equal opportunities for a start in life to all children in Kyrgyzstan.

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