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UNICEF welcomes announcement of next Executive Director

New York, 22 December 2017 – UNICEF welcomed UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ announcement today that Henrietta H. Fore will succeed Anthony Lake as UNICEF Executive Director when his term ends on 31 December 2017.

UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing online access to benefit the most disadvantaged

New York/Bishkek, 11 December 2017
– Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report released today.

Children in contact with the law: introduction of child-friendly procedures in Kyrgyzstan

Karakol, 5 December 2017
 – Today the City Department of Internal Affairs and the City Court in Karakol opened child-friendly facilities for children in contact with the law implementing the State Programme on Justice for Children (2014-2018). Member of the Parliament Irina Karamushkina, British Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic Robin Ord-Smith, UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic Yukie Mokuo, and Deputy Governor of the Issyk-Kul province Elmira Usenova opened child-friendly courtrooms and waiting rooms designed to provide a friendly environment to child victims, witnesses and children in conflict with the law.

#KidsTakeOverParliament: 15-year-old Kirsina Alieva demands to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities

Bishkek, 22 November 2017 –15-year-old Kirsina Alieva ‘took over’ the position of Dastan Bekeshev, Member of the Parliament in Kyrgyzstan in the framework of the World Children’s Day celebration. On behalf of 29,000 children with disabilities living in Kyrgyzstan, she demanded to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.

In south Kyrgyzstan, multilingual education is path to opportunity and inclusion

Having biology, history, and other subjects taught in three different languages might seem like too much of a learning challenge. But students at this secondary school in Kyrgyzstan’s southern city of Osh are tackling the challenge, and asking for more.

In Kyrgyzstan, over 5,000 young people joined M-Report to have their voice heard

Young people in Kyrgyzstan need opportunities to speak their minds on issues affecting them. Introducing M-Report, UNICEF aims to provide just that. In October 2017, 5,000 young people from every province in Kyrgyzstan joined M-Report.



Worldwide 300 million children suffer from violent methods of upbringing - UNICEF

Bishkek/New York, 1 November 2017 - Three-quarters of the world’s 2- to 4-year-old children – around 300 million – experience psychological aggression and/or physical punishment by their caregivers at home, UNICEF said in a new report A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents released today. Every 7 minutes a teenager dies from violent death in the world.

7,000 newborns die every day, despite steady decrease in under-five mortality, new report says

Bishkek/New York, 19 October 2017 – Every day in 2016, 15,000 children died before their fifth birthday, 46 per cent of them – or 7,000 babies – died in the first 28 days of life, according to a new UN report.


UNICEF announces a worldwide contest for the best comic hero fighting with climate change!

Leading up to the UN Climate Conference (COP23), UNICEF is asking young people, up to 25 years old, to conceptualize an original superhero who is combatting climate change for a chance to develop and publish their own comic book. Submissions will be received through our campaign website.

Only 15 countries worldwide have three essential national policies that support families with young children – UNICEF

New York/Bishkek, 21 September 2017
 – Only 15 countries worldwide have three basic national policies that help guarantee the time and resources parents need to support their young children’s healthy brain development, UNICEF said today in a new report. Worse, 32 countries – home to one in eight of the world’s children under five – have none of these.

Kyrgyzstan is one of the countries with low breastfeeding rates

Bishkek, 1 August 2017 –UNICEF and World Health Organization (WHO) jointly with other academic institutions have conducted research “The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard” which evaluated 194 nations and found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breast milk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent. According to UNICEF research in Kyrgyzstan, only 41% of children under 6 months are exclusively breastfed, and the number of children who are on predominant breastfeeding, comprises 69,5 per cent.



Countries meet to accelerate progress in maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus

Bishkek, 20 July 2017
- Health experts from around the world have come together in Bishkek to an intercountry Symposium to discuss ways and opportunities to accelerate maternal and newborn health in Central Asia and the Caucasus regions, all part of the strategy to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Peacebuilding programme for youth launched by UNICEF and the UK Government in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 18 July 2017
– A new programme for youth and children to build social cohesion and prevent violence was announced today in Bishkek by the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, the UK’s Department for International Development and UNICEF.

UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan visits Kyrgyzstan for first time

Batken/Osh/Bishkek, 12 July 2017
– UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Afshan Khan will visit Kyrgyzstan from 13 to 18 July, 2017.

UNICEF and the European Union strengthen the resilience of 700,000 children to cope with natural disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucus

Brussels/ Bishkek, 6 July 2017 – More than 1 million people including 700,000 children are better prepared to cope with natural disasters in eight countries prone to earthquakes, floods and landslides in Central Asia and the South Caucus as the result of a UNICEF programme supported by the European Union.

Investments in poor children save more lives per dollar spent, new UNICEF study says

New York, 29 June 2017
– Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money, saving almost twice as many lives for every US$1 million spent as equivalent investments in less deprived groups, according to a new UNICEF analysis.

More than half of young children deprived of play and early learning activities with their fathers - UNICEF

Bishkek/New York, 16 June 2017 – More than half – or 55 per cent - of children aged between 3 and 4 years-old in 74 countries – approximately 40 million – have fathers who do not play or engage in early learning activities with them, according to a new UNICEF analysis. In Kyrgyzstan, 61 per cent of children of this age lack play and early learning activities with their fathers.



#СуперАта: UNICEF launched a worldwide campaign to emphasize the important role of fathers in early development of children

Bishkek/New York, 9 June 2017
– UNICEF launched a new campaign to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children’s brains. David Beckham, Hugh Jackman, Novak Djokovic and famous fathers in Kyrgyzstan Mirbek Atabekov, Janar Akaev, Kairat Primberdiev, Ilyaz Abdrazakov, Semetei Sultanov joined the initiative #SuperDads #EarlyMomentsMatter.

At least 2.7 million children are living in residential care worldwide, UNICEF says

Geneva/New York/Bishkek, 2 June 2017
: At least 2.7 million children live in residential care worldwide according to official records from 140 countries, according to a new estimate by UNICEF. Yet the figures published today are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, with wide gaps in data collection and accurate records found in the majority of countries.

Children of Kyrgyzstan - the Link of Times

Bishkek, 1 June 2017 – UNICEF together with Bishkek City Administration and News Agency ‘ Sputnik Kyrgyzstan’ launched a photo project “Children of Kyrgyzstan – the Link of Times”.This interactive project includes photos depicting the life of Kyrgyz children from different parts of the Republic in the period of 1900-1990.  Sputnik Kyrgyzstan photographers mirrored these images with photos of today’s life of children and young people. The photo project will be launched online on the 1st of June, International Children’s Day as well as offline: billboards, bus stops and open-air gallery on Bishkek’s main square – Ala-Too.

Kyrgyz mountain village is unlikely base for Australian child disability specialist

‘We’re making steady progress, introducing treatments that work and stopping ones that don’t’, says Dr. Nick Woolfield (62). He came to Kyrgyzstan in 2013 as a volunteer with the Scientific Technical and Language Institute (STLI), together with his wife Fay, after practicing as a paediatrician for 30 years in Australia and New Zealand.

In Kyrgyz mountain village hospital, UNICEF helps resuscitators save child lives

‘We don’t forget these cases’, says Dr. Arstanbek Karybekov. ‘When we save a child’s life, we feel such joy; the child’s family becomes our family.’ Thanks to a UNICEF-supported effort to bring down child mortality in Kyrgyzstan, he and his colleagues are now able to save lives they could not before.

On Kyrgyz-Tajik border, peaceful relations are built with mortar and bricks

Tairbek Abdilashim uulu, 22, lives in a village in south Kyrgyzstan, a few hundred meters from the Tajikistan border. “It’s so close, but until a couple of years ago, we didn’t interact with our neighbors; we didn’t even say hello,” the 22-year-old recalls.

Children from the border areas of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan holding a forum-theater

April 27, 2017
- A forum-theater is held in the border school named after B. Khojaev in the village of Aksay in Batken Oblast with the participation of schoolchildren from the neighboring school No.62 of Vorukh enclave, Tajikistan, as well as officers from the State Border Services of Kyrgyzstan. Forum-theaters will be conducted in 19 schools of Batken Oblast, where 1,000 adolescents and community members living in border areas will learn rules for crossing border and undisclosed border areas.

Governments must invest in immunizing the most vulnerable children and addressing vaccine hesitancy

Geneva, 24 April, 2017
- “UNICEF is urging governments in Europe and Central Asia to invest in health systems that prioritize reaching the most vulnerable children with life-saving immunizations alongside national campaigns to address the concerning trend of growing vaccine hesitancy.”

Vaccines Work!

Bishkek, 24 April 2017 - Kyrgyzstan joins the World Immunization Week to raise awareness on importance of the vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease. Immunization saves millions of lives and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

Jalal-Abad hospitals receive resuscitation equipment to save child lives

Bishkek/Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan, 12 April 2017
– On 12 April, Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic Taltanbek Batyraliev, Governor of Jalal-Abad province Kyanbek Satybaldiev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic Yoshihiro Yamamura, and UNICEF Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic Yukie Mokuo took part in the handover ceremony and provided life-saving medical equipment worth nearly US$40,000 to the Jalal-Abad Oblast Hospital.

Child Rights Award 2017: A call to broadcasters

Kuala Lumpur / Hong Kong / Bangkok /, 7 April 2017
- ABU, CASBAA and UNICEF are calling for entries for the 17th Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award from broadcasters and producers in the region.

UNICEF and the Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan continues cooperation in the interests of children

Bishkek, 24 March 2017
– The Asian Cup 2019 qualification football match between Kyrgyzstan and Macau will be devoted to health and survival of children following the joint initiative of the Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan and UNICEF. Children, including prematurely born ones, will escort the footballers of the national teams of Kyrgyzstan and Macau to open the football match, which will take place on 28 March at 19:30 in Bishkek.

In Kyrgyzstan, 60 percent of adolescents are confident with their own ability to stay safe while using the internet

Bishkek, 23 March 2017
– In Kyrgyzstan, 60 percent of adolescents are confident with their own ability to stay safe while using the internet according to the results obtained from the M-report survey conducted by the National Institute for Strategic Studies and UNICEF. 462 respondents took part in this survey representing all 40 districts in the country.

The United Nations and the private sector in Kyrgyzstan: exploring areas for potential partnership

Bishkek, 22 March
 – The International Business Council (IBC) organized a roundtable discussion to explore the ways of building effective partnerships between the UN agencies and the private sector in Kyrgyzstan. The representatives of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and mining companies, mobile operators, banks, as well as hospitality and tourism companies participated in the meeting.

Kyrgyzstan is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change in Central Asia

New York/Bishkek, 22 March 2017
– Some 600 million children – or 1 in 4 children worldwide – will be living in areas with extremely limited water resources by 2040, according to a UNICEF report released on World Water Day.

Government of Japan allocates US$11.9 million for disaster risk reduction in Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK, 7 March 2017
– With the contribution of US$11.9 million from the Government of Japan, Kyrgyzstan launched three new programmes to support disaster risk reduction, build up e-governance system, and make schools safer in the country. These programme will be implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Vitamin enriched flour to help prevent birth defects in Kyrgyzstan

Two-month-old Abdurahim was born with spina bifida and is awaiting surgery. The risk of birth defects such as these increases when a mother has a diet low in nutrients. In an effort to improve pregnant women’s nutrition, large mills in Kyrgyzstan are obliged by law to fortify flour with folic acid. UNICEF is working to help the Government enforce the law and raise awareness among mothers.

UNICEF: 80 per cent of youth in the world recognize that internet can be a danger

Bishkek, 6 February 2017
– On 7 February, the world marks Safe Internet Day to promote responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people around the world.


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In Kyrgyzstan, 70th anniversary is opportunity for UNICEF outreach

Bishkek, 15 December 2016
- A series of 70th anniversary events have served to draw attention not only to UNICEF and the work it does for Kyrgyzstan’s children but also to engage and inform the public on how to improve the situation for children in the country:

UNICEF commemorates 70 years of tireless work for the world’s most vulnerable children

New York, 11 December 2016
– On the 70th anniversary of its founding, UNICEF celebrates the immense progress made for the world’s children – and renews the urgent call to reach millions of children whose lives and futures are endangered by conflict, crisis, poverty, inequality and discrimination.


The publication of a new book, For Every Child, Hope: UNICEF@70 1946-2016, which captures 70 years of the organization’s work for the most vulnerable children

In Kyrgyzstan, courts become child friendly

Bishkek, 10 December 2016
– In the course of just a few months, 11 courts in Kyrgyzstan have introduced child friendly facilities and procedures for children in contact with the law. The reform builds on UNICEF support.

Uniform standards for child development from 0 to 3 years presented in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek – 21 November 2016
– Today, experts from the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Education and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) presented standards for child development from birth to 3 years in Kyrgyzstan. The presentation took place at a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs, Education, Science, Culture and Public Health. Based on approved standards, experts have developed a manual on early child development from 0 to 3 years, and a diary on child development from 0 to 7 years. The presentation was dedicated to the Universal Children's Day – 20 November, when the Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted.

Kyrgyzstan marks World Prematurity Day

Bishkek, 17 November 2016: Every year, some 8000 children are born prematurely in Kyrgyzstan (4.8 per cent of all births). The survival rate of children weighing 500 to 1500 grams is 49.2 per cent. According to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), complications of premature birth are the main cause of death for more than 1 million children under the age of 5 every year worldwide. The World Prematurity Day was first marked on 17 November 2009, at the initiative of the European Foundation for the Care of Newborn Infants. Globally, 6-8 per cent of children are born prematurely.

Children with Disabilities: Home Sweet Home

Her smile of welcome floods the room like the sun piercing through a long night. She hugs us, snaps a selfie, and breaks into a brash but pitch-perfect rendition of a hit by the popular American singer, Ariana Grande.


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In Kyrgyzstan, becoming multilingual is child’s play

Sakhiba Abdullaeva looks around at the four-year-olds sitting in a half circle in front of her, and she can tell that some of them did not understand what she just explained in Russian. The teacher promptly picks up a green scarf and puts it on. It’s not just any scarf – it’s the one that tells the children she’s now an Uzbek speaker.

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Two hundred world-renowned writers come together for children’s rights

New York/Bishkek, 14 November 2016
- Over 200 prominent writers including novelists, playwrights and poets, have joined a global literary campaign this week, penning ‘tiny stories’ of around seven lines each to highlight Universal Children’s Day and the injustice so many of the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged children still face.  The short story series kicks off UNICEF’s commemoration of its 70th year working to bring help and hope to every child.

Community kindergartens address preschool education gap in Kyrgyzstan

Batken/Karakol, Kyrgyzstan, 26 October 2016
– Four-year-old Malika has been going to community kindergarten in the village of Yrdyk, Issyk-Kul province for the past several months. “I play there with girls and draw letters. I like it in kindergarten,” she says.

Kyrgyzstan: school children improve their preparedness to emergencies using an online course

Bishkek, 13 October 2016
– The Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic and UNICEF present online course on safety for school children on the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction, celebrated globally on 13 October.


Football match Kyrgyzstan - Turkmenistan devoted to the International Day of the Girl Child

Bishkek, 11 October 2016 – Friendly match between the national football teams of Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan took place today at the ‘Spartak’ stadium in the city of Bishkek. UNICEF and the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic devoted it to the International Day of the Girl Child celebrated today all over the world.


Kyrgyz children join World’s Largest Lesson

Bishkek, 6 October 2016
- Conducting the World’s Largest Lesson has become a tradition in Kyrgyzstan. This year, it was organized by the UN agencies, includingUNICEF, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science. Like in many countries around the world,it aims to teach a lesson, introducing students to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Every child needs a family: promoting family care through football

Bishkek, 5 October 2016
- Today, President of the Football Federation of the Kyrgyz Republic SemeteiSultanov, Representative of UNICEF in the Kyrgyz Republic Yukie Mokuo, coach of the national team of Lebanon MiodragRadulovic and coach of the national football team of the Kyrgyz Republic Alexander Kristinin spoke at the press conference on the eve of the friendly football match Kyrgyzstan – Lebanon.



UNICEF and Red Jolbors Fest honour best advertisers for promoting social issues in Central Asia

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, 18 September 2016
–The fifth annual Red Jolbors Fest – the leading festival of advertising andmarketing in Central Asia - awarded best social ads produced by creators from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan,   Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine. The Red Jolbors Fest gathered over 300 communication professionals from creative agencies, production studios, PR companies as well as representatives of corporate sector in Kyrgyzstan.  This year, the Festival celebrated its 5th birthday and the 70th anniversary of UNICEF to raise awareness on the importance of promoting children’s rights and attracting public attention to urgent social issues using ads for good.


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UNICEF and Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan join efforts to promote children’s rights

6 September 2016, Bishkek
– Today, a friendly football match between the national teams of Kyrgyzstan and Philippines takes place devoted to the rights of children with disabilities. Earlier this year, UNICEF and the Football Federation of Kyrgyzstan (FFKR) launched a partnership to promote children’s rights in the country. The dream of children with disabilities is about to come true: they will escort the players of the national football teams to the central stadium after D.Omurzakov in the city of Bishkek.

77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF

NEW YORK, 29 July 2016
–Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them ofthe essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother thatprotect them from disease and death, UNICEF said.

New global partnership and fund to end violence against children everywhere

New-York/Bishkek, 13 July 2016 - 
Today at the United Nations children joined world leaders to launch a new partnership and fund to make ending violence a public priority and a collective responsibility.
End Violence Against Children - The Global Partnership brings together governments, foundations, the UN, civil society, the academia, the private sector and young people in driving action toward achieving the new global target to end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children. 

National Forum on Nutrition and Food Security a milestone for Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, 23 June 2016 - On 20 June 2016, the Multi-stakeholder Platform on Food Security and Nutrition was formalised at the National Forum on Nutrition and Food Security. The Kyrgyz government, with support from UNICEF Kyrgyzstan, brought together representatives from academia, civil society, international organisation and business to improve coordination in the field of nutrition and food security, including the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

Parliamentarians for Evaluation on the way to achieve SDG

Bishkek, 18 June 2016 - Every society aspires to a transparency, sustainable changes and development. Echoing this aspiration, parliamentarians around the world united to advocate for evaluation in the context of Sustainable Development Goals and formed the Global Parliamentarians Forum for Evaluation. 

British Ambassador Robin Ord-Smith and UNICEF Representative Yukie Mokuo visiting Batken province

Bishkek/Osh/Batken, 13 June 2016
 – Today British Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan H.E. Robin Ord-Smith and UNICEF Representative in Kyrgyzstan Yukie Mokuo start their visits to Batken province. As part of a wider Ambassadorial visit to the South, H.E. Robin Ord-Smith will join the UNICEF Representative from 13-14 June to witness the results of past projects implemented by UNICEF with the UK Embassy’s support.

Challenge the social norms in Kyrgyzstan with the first TEDxYouth event

Bishkek, 4 June 2016
- Over 300 hundred young people from across Kyrgyzstan attended a live broadcast of the #TEDxYouthBishkek organized by UNICEF and partners.

Representatives of 18 countries start a joint Executive Boards visit to Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, 2 May 2016
 - Delegates from the Executive Boards of UNICEF, UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS, UN Women and WFP start today their first Joint Field Visit to Kyrgyzstan. The members of the delegation represent 18 countries’ permanent missions to the UN.

Building technologies for children in Kyrgyzstan: how to improve HIV treatment for children via mobile tools?

Bishkek, 28 March 2016
– The Google Developers Group Kyrgyzstan and UNICEF organized the first hackathon “Technologies for Children” attended by thirty IT specialists on 25-27 March.

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