UNICEF welcomes President Jeenbekov´s initiative to declare 2020 the “Year of the Regional Development, Digitalization and Child Support”

Official statement

16 January 2020
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan

UNICEF welcomes the initiative of the President of Kyrgyzstan, Sooronbay Jeenbekov, to put children at the center of the public agenda and make them a priority for investment, by declaring 2020 the “Year of the Development of the Regional Development, Digitalization and Child Support”, in follow-up to the country’s commitment made at the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in 2019.

UNICEF reiterates its commitment to support the President’s recommendations to the Government, aiming to improve health, education, and protection of children in Kyrgyzstan, especially the most vulnerable: children without parental care, children in difficult life situations and children with disabilities.

Furthermore, UNICEF fully supports the President´s recommendation to local authorities “to take measures to support children and to create favourable conditions for their early development, preschool education, strengthen families and social integration of children in difficult situations”.

Evidence shows that economic development cannot be sustained only by investing in infrastructures, but needs significant investments in human capital, especially children.

Therefore UNICEF calls all partners to accelerate efforts towards the realization of children’s rights in Kyrgyzstan and assist the Government in implementing the above-mentioned recommendations.

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Mavliuda Dzhaparova
Communication Officer
UNICEF Kyrgyzstan


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