Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General welcomes the meeting between the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov and the Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan held on 16 January in Paris under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group.

The Secretary-General appreciates the continued commitment of the sides to finding a negotiated and peaceful solution to the long-standing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and particularly welcomed the Ministers’ agreement on the need to take concrete measures to prepare the populations for peace.

The Secretary-General reiterates the full support of the United Nations for the important mediation efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group.

New Gender Assessment study calls for greater participation of women in the private sector

4 December 2018 – Studies show that, if women were able to participate equally in the economy, global GDP could increase by 26 per cent – the equivalent of $12 trillion dollars – by 2025. But unfortunately only 50 per cent of women of working age, worldwide, are in the labour force – compared to 77 per cent of men. Continue reading “New Gender Assessment study calls for greater participation of women in the private sector”

EU, UNDP and Government strengthen their collaboration on poverty alleviation and sustainable rural development in Azerbaijan

BALAKAN, Azerbaijan, 1 December 2018 – In the north-west regions of Azerbaijan, UNDP and the Government are helping local communities establish smallholder family businesses, with substantial financial support from the European Union (EU). A joint project signed a little less than a year ago aims to promote rural entrepreneurship, inclusive employment and technological innovation in 6 regions of the Shaki-Zaqatala Economic Zone covering Balakan, Gakh, Gabala, Oghuz, Shaki and Zaqatala. Continue reading “EU, UNDP and Government strengthen their collaboration on poverty alleviation and sustainable rural development in Azerbaijan”

Azerbaijan, UNECE sign a joint declaration on cooperation for Sustainable Development Goals

BAKU, 29 November 2018 – The Government of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) signed today a joint declaration on cooperation for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The document was signed by Ali Ahmadov, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Prime Minister and Chairperson of the National Coordination Council for Sustainable Development, and Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the UNECE.

Azerbaijan and UNECE declared their intention to closely cooperate for the implementation and activities aimed to achieve the SDGs and work together to identify national priorities for sustainable development and their indicators. Alignment of national programmes and strategies covering economic areas will be another area of cooperation.

The joint declaration envisages promotion of close cooperation in the areas of trade capacity building and trade facilitation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; investments, technology and innovation; green economy; application of green technologies; environmental monitoring system; protection of water resources; addressing air pollution and environmental degradation; forests; and agricultural quality standards.

In three years, Azerbaijan and UNECE will assess the implementation of this document and decide on measures to enhance cooperation.

Azerbaijan prepares sixth periodic report to CEDAW Committee

BAKU, 20 November 2018The State Committee on Family, Women and Children’s Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) held capacity-building workshop for development of the sixth periodic State Report of the Government to the UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The workshop brought together main gender focal points of line ministries, involved in crafting the report.

The participants were informed in detail about the rules, processes and guidelines regarding preparation of the periodic report on CEDAW implementation. The workshop was delivered by a renowned international expert Ms. Mary Shanthi Dairiam, who elaborated on the CEDAW Committee’s functions to assess state party compliance with obligations under CEDAW by reviewing the state party reports, issue concluding observations, general recommendations and review the cases under the Optional Protocol. She also provided information on the core principles of the Convention.

Azerbaijan has submitted its fifth periodic report back in 2015. Along with welcoming the progress achieved since the consideration in 2009 of the state party’s fourth periodic report in undertaking legislative reforms, CEDAW Committee urged state party to take several important steps including through the adoption of a multi-sectorial plan of action aimed at eliminating the phenomenon of son-preference, the national strategy on prevention of domestic violence and the national action plan on prevention of domestic violence, and setting a timeframe for the ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence.

The CEDAW Convention, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as the international bill of rights for women or the “Women’s Convention”. Azerbaijan ratified the Convention in 1995.


Countries that have ratified or acceded to the Convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice and to move beyond “de jure” equality and to ensure an equality of results – equality which is felt by the average woman and man. They are also committed to submit national reports – an initial report a year after ratifying the Convention and then regular reports every four years – on measures they have taken to comply with treaty obligations. Azerbaijani government is expected to submit its next periodic report in March 2019.

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