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4th Child Protection Forum for Central Asia in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, 1-3 August 2013

Updated 15 August 2013

On this page you will find updated information on the 4th Child Protection Forum for Central Asia that took place between 1-3 August 2013.

The Child Protection Forum for Central Asia was first held in 2006. The Forum's aim is to facilitate dialogue and advance the rights-based reform of child protection systems in the region. The Forum takes place once every two years and addresses each time a specific topic on which the participating countries feel that cross country learning and exchange of good practices and experiences would be useful strategy to push for reforms at country level.

The theme of this year’s sub-regional Child Protection Forum is “Creating inclusive policies, systems and services for children with disabilities”.

As Central Asian countries are in the process of signing, ratifying and/or implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD), this Forum aims to highlight obligations of countries to realize the rights of children with disabilities and define road maps for further implementing new policies and legislation in child protection, education, health and social protection that would ensure such rights.

The Forum provides a platform for a high-level sub-regional discussion on the need to step-up efforts to promote the equalization of opportunities for children with disabilities in order to allow each child with disabilities to exercise his or her civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights as well as having specific rights to having his or her educational, medical and social needs met.

The Forum brings together five Central Asian Republics and facilitates a discussion on key concepts related to the CRPD, look at examples from the countries which have advanced with implementation of the CRPD and allows sharing lessons learned in service provision and transformation, professional attitudes and systems to ensure the rights of children with disabilities are met according to the standards set-up by the CRPD and the Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC).


The expected outcomes of the Forum are:
  1. Stronger political commitment towards realizing the rights of children with disabilities.
  2. Each participating country will outline the steps it is planning to take towards signing, ratifying, implementing and monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.
  3. An opportunity for stronger networking and exchanges amongst the participating countries in this regard. 
Timing and venue 

The Forum was held from 1-3 August 2013 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. 

Participation and partners to the forum

The main partners are the five governments of the Central Asian republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. They took part in the Forum’s preparatory work and in the Forum itself with a high level inter-ministerial delegation composed of multi-sectoral government representatives, parliamentarians and disabled people`s organization. Non-governmental organizations, international organizations, donors and experts on the topic of the Forum were also invited. 

The Forum builds upon the good work that is already going on by inviting all countries to share their promising experiences and practices. Selected experiences from other countries were also shared. The Forum also took inspiration and built upon experiences of children with disabilities, parents and professionals who have direct experiences from working with children with disabilities.



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