B. Sagintayev, UNICEF Executive Director H. Fore discuss cooperation in the field of children’s rights protection
Today in Astana on the margins of the Global Conference on Primary Health Care, Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev met with UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore.
The interlocutors discussed issues of cooperation in the field of children’s rights protection, 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 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.
In addition, attention was given to the prospects for further interaction. The President of Kazakhstan N. 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 in the face of 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 fund under the name of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund was established on 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 as 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 the independent Kazakhstan to conduct an assessment of the situation of children. This mission marked the beginning of UNICEF activities in Kazakhstan. In 1994, after the establishment of the UNICEF Office in Kazakhstan, work began on regular programs of the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and UNICEF.
In February 1994, in the framework of the visit to the United States, the President of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev held a meeting with the UN Secretary General B. Boutros-Ghali, during which 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 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 in touch with the law, creating equal opportunities for children regardless of their status, in all spheres of life, the introduction of a system for monitoring the well-being of children at all levels, the introduction of 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, expand and deepen social work with vulnerable populations, including children.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan