Government • 25 October, 2018

Bakytzhan Sagintayev discusses cooperation in the field of children's rights protection with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore

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October 25 in Astana on the sidelines of the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.

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

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.

In addition, attention was paid to the prospects for further interaction. The President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev declared the next year the “Year of Youth of Kazakhstan.” In this regard, one of the tasks facing the Government is to support the efforts of partners – international organizations, the non-governmental sector, the research and academic circles, human rights organizations for the protection of children's rights, with an emphasis on the rights of vulnerable groups of the population.

The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was established December 11, 1946 by decision of the General Assembly as an emergency organization to assist children affected during the Second World War. The fund 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 UN Children's Fund and the World Health Organization organized the first mission to the 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 Kazakhstan and UNICEF.

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

In October 2016, the signing of the Basic Plan of Operations of the Government of Kazakhstan and the UN Children's Fund for 2016–2020 took place.

Today the fund continues active cooperation with the Government of Kazakhstan for the implementation of programs and projects in the country aimed at developing juvenile justice, creating a child-friendly justice system, social services for children in contact with the law, equal opportunities for children, regardless of their status, in all spheres of life, children’s well-being monitoring system at all levels, mental health improvement system for adolescents and aversion of suicide, conducting research and situational analysis to identify new or missed problems of children in Kazakhstan, expand and deepen social work with vulnerable populations, including children.

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