FAO launches a new project to improve animal disease surveillance in Azerbaijan

BAKU, 17 July 2019 – Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launches today a new project in Azerbaijan on the improvement of national capacity to conduct disease surveillance including veterinary diagnostics. The project aims to improve the national capacity in Azerbaijan for early detection, diagnosis, and response to important endemic and exotic transboundary animal diseases.

The main government counterparts of the project are Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency, National Reference Laboratory, Regional Testing Laboratories, and Agrarian Services Agency under the Ministry of Agriculture.

The head of FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan, Ms Melek Cakmak, chairperson of Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency Mr. Qoshgar Tahmazli, as well as representatives of the Agriculture Ministry, relevant international and national organisations, and technical and operational staff from FAO regional office for Europe and Central Asia take part in the event.

The project will overall contribute to improving animal and public health, food safety and agricultural competitiveness in the country. The staff of National Reference Laboratory and six Regional Testing Laboratories, as well as private and public veterinarians will be trained by internationally and locally recruited consultants on sampling collection and shipment, risk-based surveillance and outbreak investigation.

EU, UNDP open new industrial workshop at Vocational Education and Training School in Ganja

GANJA, Azerbaijan, 10 July 2019 – The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
opened their first industrial workshop in Ganja today, as part of the EU-funded project to support the
establishment of the Regional Industrial Vocational Education and Training (VET) Competence Centre in
Ganja. Continue reading “EU, UNDP open new industrial workshop at Vocational Education and Training School in Ganja”

UN Country Team in Azerbaijan visits IDP settlement in Tartar district

TARTAR, Azerbaijan, 9 July 2019 – On the initiative of the State Committee for Affairs of Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the UN Country Team (UNCT) in Azerbaijan visited the Shikharkh village of Tartar district.

The UNCT members participated at the event entitled ‘A day with IDPs: leaving no one behind’, which took place at a newly-built settlement for internally displaced people. Continue reading “UN Country Team in Azerbaijan visits IDP settlement in Tartar district”

UNDP, Government of Azerbaijan announce the start of the self-employment programme for persons with disabilities


BAKU, 24 June 2019 – The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Population (MLSPP), State Employment Service of Azerbaijan (SES) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) would like to announce the start of the Self-Employment Programme for Persons with Disabilities.

The Self-Employment Programme is part of the Creating Inclusive and Decent Jobs for Socially Vulnerable Groups Project implemented by the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of the Population, State Employment Service of Azerbaijan and supported by the UNDP.

What is the goal of the programme?

The aim is to support 500 unemployed persons with disabilities who have the desire and vision to start their own business. To help the unemployed bring their business ideas to life, the programme provides free training in entrepreneurship, advice and financial support in the form of equipment and/or materials.

Click here to read a full text of the press release.


Call for participation: First ever “UNLIMITED” Inclusivity Hackathon in Azerbaijan!

BAKU, 17 June 2019 – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Country Office in Azerbaijan is launching the first ever Inclusivity Hackathon in Azerbaijan on 28 – 30 June 2019. Bringing close to a hundred people together in the capital Baku, the Hackathon will draw innovative solutions to support people with varying abilities.

Click here to read a full text of the press release.

FAO presented the National Forestry Programme on the protection and continuous development of forests in Azerbaijan  

BAKU, 14 June 2019 – Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) presented the National Forest Programme and its action plan on protection and development of forests in Azerbaijan.

The programme aims to implement the government’s forest policy by ensuring the development of institutional and legal basis for forest management.

The event brought together the representatives of Parliament, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources (MENR), Ministry of Agriculture, Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency, specialists from FAO sub-regional office in Turkey, World Bank, UNDP  and other international organizations, as well as IDEA Public Union, civil society and academia.

During the presentation, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the State Agrarian University and the MENR to ensure the education and preparation of young forestry personnel in Azerbaijan.

National Forestry Programme (2020-2030) was drafted within the framework of technical support for the revision of National Forestry Programme (NFP) and modernisation of management system project, implemented by FAO and MENR.

Joint European Union – UNICEF programme provides comprehensive community-based support for Azerbaijani children and young people

Baku, 13 June 2019 – A new joint initiative between the European Union (EU) and UNICEF to protect the rights of the most vulnerable children and young people in Azerbaijan was unveiled today by Mr. Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations and Mr. Edward Carwardine, UNICEF Representative in Azerbaijan, with the EU contributing 3 million Euros to support access to quality community and family-based integrated social services in health, nutrition, early childhood development (ECD), inclusive education, social services and child protection and youth development.

The initiative was launched with the support of the National Children’s Paralympic Committee. During the event, children with disabilities were able to showcase their skills and talents. Involving adolescents with disabilities, with a special focus on girls, in sport is an important part of new collaboration between the European Union and UNICEF in Azerbaijan.

”The European Union supports civil society organisations (CSO) providing inclusive community based outreach services. Most of the funds available for this project will be channelled via our CSO partners to support their work with vulnerable children and young people in Azerbaijan”, highlighted the EU Commissioner.

“Through this joint effort, we aim to bring quality services ranging from early childhood development programmes to youth development initiatives, and from integrated social services to increased opportunities for children with disabilities, to more and more children, young people and their families in the heart of the community” said UNICEF Representative to Azerbaijan.

The initiative will contribute to enhancement of civil society as a valued and trusted ‘third sector’ to work alongside public and private sector entities in delivering the broadest range of support to vulnerable children across the country through community-based organisations. It will also contribute to the establishment of national standards across several sectors, strengthened technical and management capacities of civil society, and the modelling of high impact, cost-effective services and programmes at national and sub-national level through the engagement of CSOs.


For more information, please contact:

Ayna Mollazade, Communication and Partnership Specialist, amollazade@unicef.org, tel: +99 412 4923013 (ext.109)

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