New UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan presents letters of credence to First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

16 May 2024
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ASTANA, May 16, 2024 The UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan Rashed Mustafa Sarwar met with the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Umarov and presented letters of credence.

During the negotiations, the parties discussed current issues of cooperation, including UNICEF project activities in the field of social guarantees for children and the reintegration of women and children returned from conflict zones.

Kairat Umarov congratulated the Representative on his appointment to such an important post and expressed hope for further strengthening cooperation through the cooperation program between the Government of Kazakhstan and UNICEF for 2021-2025.

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“Ensuring equal opportunities for children is one of the priority tasks in the policy of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. We are committed to protecting children’s rights to life and development and realising their full potential by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which Kazakhstan acceded to in 1994,” – said the First Deputy Minister.

In response, Rashed Mustafa Sarwar expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and extended congratulations on the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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“Kazakhstan's impressive progress in protecting children’s rights is a testament to our collective efforts. We are motivated to continue our fruitful cooperation, working towards making the dreams of every child a reality,” said the UNICEF Representative Rashed Mustafa Sarwar.

UNICEF Representative reiterated the importance of strengthening regional cooperation with UNICEF, underscoring its significant role in areas such as child protection, education, health, and nutrition. 

“Our regional cooperation is a key driver in achieving the sustainable development goals. Each of us has a crucial role in this collective effort,” – said the UNICEF Representative Rashed Mustafa Sarwar.

The parties agreed to continue active interaction to achieve the intended goals, which are the well-being and development of children throughout Kazakhstan.

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