Sagintayev discussed protection of children's rights with UNICEF head

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Sagintayev discussed protection of children's rights with UNICEF head

Sagintayev discussed protection of children's rights with UNICEF head

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In Astana, within the framework of the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Bakytzhan Sagintayev, met with the UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the press service of the Head of Government.

During the meeting, the issues of cooperation in the field of children's rights protection were discussed, including in the framework of the fundamental international agreements, the Sustainable Development Goals and the gender equality agenda for empowerment of women and girls, as well as the implementation of regular programs of the Government of Kazakhstan and UNICEF.

Bakytzhan Sagintayev expressed gratitude to UNICEF for its support in protecting children's rights and the willingness of the Government of Kazakhstan to also contribute to the formation of international and regional initiatives.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was established on December 11, 1946 by the decision of the General Assembly as an emergency organization to assist children affected during the Second World War. The foundation was created temporary, but in 1953 the UN expanded the range of activities and extended the term of office for an indefinite period.

In February 1992, the United Nations Children's Fund and the World Health Organization organized the first mission to an independent Kazakhstan to assess the situation of children. This mission marked the beginning of UNICEF activities in Kazakhstan. In 1994, after the organization of the UNICEF Office in Kazakhstan, work began on regular programs of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and UNICEF.

In February 1994, during the visit to the United States, President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with UN Secretary-General B. Boutros-Ghali, during which the Convention on the Child’s Rights was signed, which became the first international agreement ratified by the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 1994.

In October 2016, the Basic Plan of Operations of the Government of Kazakhstan and the United Nations Children's Fund for 2016–2020 was signed.

This year, the Fund continued active cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan through the implementation of programs and projects in the country aimed at developing juvenile justice, creating a child-friendly justice system, introducing a system of social services for children, creating equal opportunities for children regardless of their status, in all spheres of life, introducing a system for monitoring of the well-being of children at all levels, introducing a system of assistance to improve the mental health of adolescents and aversion of suicide, conducting research and situational analysis to identify new or missed problems of children in Kazakhstan, expanding and deepening the social work with vulnerable population, including children.

16:20, 25 October 2018

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