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Executive Board visits the Kyrgyz Republic

KYRGYZSTAN, 28 April 2007, The Kyrgyz Republic welcomed four members of the UNICEF Executive Board, who visited the Central Asian country to learn more about UNICEF’s work there.

The members of the delegation – the Ambassadors to the UN from Australia, Bolivia, Burkina Faso and Myanmarustralia – met high level officials representing the Presidential Administration, Government, Parliament, NGOs, donor community, journalists, families and local authorities.

H.E. Madumarov, the State Secretary, thanked the delegation for UNICEF’s support to the country’s social programmes: “Kyrgyzstan is one of the first countries of CIS to adopt a Code on Children. It was developed with an active support of UNICEF.”

The President of the Executive Board Javier Loayza Barea stressed the importance of the implementation of the Code.

The Board Members visited UNICEF-supported programmes for children left without parental care or facing other difficult situations. They discussed the reform of juvenile justice and met children deprived of liberty at the Voznessenovski Colony for minors. In Kelechek Migrant Area, near the capital Bishkek, the delegation visited a school and pre-school services.

Kyrgyzstan is forging ahead in efforts to fortify flour with iron to prevent anaemia and salt with iodine to prevent iodine deficiency. The visitors were able to visit flour mills producing flour enriched with iron and salt producers who are now iodizing their salt.

The Board Members made a number of suggestions as a result of their visit that will feed into UNICEF’s current Programme of Cooperation in Kyrgyzstan.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

For further information, please contact:
GalinaSolodunova, Communication Officer, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan; Email: gsolodunova@unicef.org




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