UN-organised event in Baku highlights leadership role of youth in promoting human rights

BAKU, 10 December 2019 – To celebrate Human Rights Day, the United Nations (UN) Office in Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Office of the Human Rights Commissioner (Ombudsman) organised an exhibition at the Youth House in Sabunchu district of Baku. It also marked the conclusion of this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based, the international campaign that calls to end violence against women and girls around the world.

The event, dedicated to the theme of this year’s celebration – “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights”, brought together some 150 participants from the government, civil society, diplomatic community, youth organisations and the media.

“Under our universal call to action “Stand Up for Human rights,” we aim to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights,” Ghulam M. Isaczai, the UN Resident Coordinator in Azerbaijan, said in his opening speech.

Mr. Isaczai also underlined a crucial role of youth participation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to bring fresh ideas and solutions for a better world.

The opening session also included speeches from Sabina Aliyeva, Human Rights Commissioner of Azerbaijan, Sadagat Gahramanova, deputy chair of the State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs, as well as video messages by Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General and Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The opening session was followed by an exhibition of cartoons and illustrations dedicated to the Universal Human Rights Declaration. The exhibition also featured a series of posters and videos with important messages voiced by youth on their role in standing up for better realization of human rights. Further, visitors got an opportunity to look at and collect various publications and educational materials printed by UN agencies.

Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December — the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

First ever UNDP Accelerator Lab Launched in Azerbaijan

BAKU, 29 November – The first ever Accelerator Lab in Azerbaijan was launched in the presence of numerous Government, civil society, private sector and international community representatives. This Accelerator Lab will be joining the 60 labs set up in 78 countries around the world to test and scale new solutions to global challenges like climate change, poverty and soaring inequality. Continue reading “First ever UNDP Accelerator Lab Launched in Azerbaijan”

Business leaders in Azerbaijan discuss embedding UN Global Compact principles and SDGs into their operations and strategies

BAKU, 26 November 2019 – The role of business in delivering the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was the focus of the UN-organised conference that brought together some 80 participants from the government agencies, businesses, international organisations, civil society and the media.

Co-organised by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UNICEF, UN Global Compact, UN Women and UNDP, the conference underlined the importance of integrating the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact on human rights, labour, environment, and anti-corruption into business policies and practices.

The event also featured the Children Rights and Business Principles developed by UNICEF, the UN Global Compact and Save the Children towards a new age of corporate respect and support for children’s rights.

“It is now well recognized that the high aspirations of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development depend on leveraging all sources of finance,” said Edward Carwardine, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. in Azerbaijan.

“Within increasingly complex financing landscapes, different kinds of public and private financing, from domestic and international sources, have important roles to play in achieving sustainable development,” Mr Carwardine added.

The workshop discussions during the conference focused on successful examples of sustainable business practices in different countries and ways for companies to tangibly integrate the SDGs into their financing, operational processes and internal decision-making. Panelists also discussed the role of businesses in supporting women’s empowerment principles – the sets of principles for corporate action to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Launched in 2000 as a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the UN Global Compact provides a framework for developing a more sustainable and responsible business. Today, the UN Global Compact is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 10,000 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 60 Local Networks.

The Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact are derived from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work, the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.

16 Days of Activism on combating gender-based violence launched in Azerbaijan

BAKU, 25 November 2019 – The United Nations (UN) Office in Azerbaijan, together with the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs, is launching the 16 Days Activism campaign to combat violence against women and girls (VAWG). The campaign, as implied by its name, aims to draw public attention to the VAWG phenomenon and runs throughout 16 days between 25 November and 10 December  each year.

As in past years, this year the organisers will try to attract the public’s attention to the problem of VAWG via a series of awareness-raising activities over the upcoming sixteen days. Thus, the first day of the campaign will be marked with an inception conference with participation of the representatives from government agencies, international organizations and civil society functioning in the sphere of combatting VAWG. During the campaign, video messages of the officials representing the UN Office in Azerbaijan as well as relevant government organizations calling on to end violence against women and girls, as well as PSA aimed at sensitizing the society on gender-based violence (GBV), are expected to be widely broadcasted on social media.

One of the topics around this year’s campaign is the Istanbul Convention, one of the key international legal frameworks existing in the sphere of combatting all forms of violence against women and girls. During the campaign, various booklets and other publications containing frequently asked questions with regard to the Istanbul Convention will be prepared and disseminated to the public. There will also be live discussions on the subject with the participation of experts on the radio these days.

Implemented under the slogan “Stop Violence Against Women and Girls”, this year’s 16 Days of Activism campaign is country-wide. During the campaign, posters containing information on where to apply for receiving professional care services in case of a GBV incident will be placed at public places throughout the country (subway, bus stops, shopping malls etc.). Additionally, as a result of cooperation with the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations and the Caucasus Muslims Office, it is expected that Friday khutbas to be read at mosques across the country over the next two weeks will also include points about inadmissibility of violence against women and girls in the context of the religion of Islam.

Considering the importance of raising awareness of all groups of the population, especially young people, a series of trainings for youngsters are also planned to be carried out within the campaign. The trainings will take place in five regions of Azerbaijan – Masalli, Bilasuvar, Shamkir, Gazakh and Guba – and serve to sensitize youth in the regions on the topic of violence against women and girls.

A tripartite Memorandum of Understanding is also expected to be signed between the UN Office in Azerbaijan, State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs and Azerbaijani Bar Association. The document will enable the parties to cooperate more efficiently to improve GBV victims’ access to relevant support and care services.

Another activity to take place in the campaign’s days will be conducting of a GBV quiz competition among social media users. Followers will be awarded with symbolic presents by responding quickly and correctly to questions posted on the UN Azerbaijan’s Facebook page.

EU, UNDP and State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs launch Gender-Based Municipal Academy in Baku

BAKU, 22 November 2019 – The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs launched a Gender-Based Municipal Academy in Baku. This Academy is a non-formal education platform for women to increase their knowledge and skills in areas such as local governance, leadership and election observation. Continue reading “EU, UNDP and State Committee on Family, Women and Children Affairs launch Gender-Based Municipal Academy in Baku”

UNFPA, MLSPP launch awareness raising campaign to promote active ageing in Azerbaijan

BAKU, 19 November 2019 – UNFPA Azerbaijan and Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of Population (MLSPP) organised the launch event of the awareness raising campaign to promote active ageing at Baku Book Center. The event was dedicated to promoting the idea of active ageing and inclusion of elderlies in the social life. Continue reading “UNFPA, MLSPP launch awareness raising campaign to promote active ageing in Azerbaijan”

A roundtable discussion held in Ganja on World Antibiotic Awareness Week

GANJA, 19 November 2019 – As part of the World Antibiotic Awareness Week, World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Health and the State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance organised a joint roundtable discussion in Ganja.

The purpose of the event was to bring together partners to discuss the antimicrobial resistance and to identify effective solutions to increase public awareness.

Representatives of WHO, Ministry of Health, State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance and pilot medical institutions attended in the event.

WHO Representative in Azerbaijan Dr. Hande Harmanci emphasized the importance of this week in her opening remarks. WHO’s specialist Dr. Javahir Suleymanova made a presentation on the state of antibiotic resistance in the world, while the representatives of the Ministry of Health Nazifa Mursalova and Hagigat Gadirova talked about the antibiotic resistance and their effects in Azerbaijan.

Sharafat Ismayilova, a staff member of the State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance, spoke about antibiotic control mechanisms, and Inara Makayeva, a representative of the Public Health and Reforms Centre, gave a speech on the awareness campaign in the country conducted with the support of WHO.

Within the framework of this week training sessions for medical workers will be held in Mingachevir. Surveys will be conducted to assess the level of antibiotic awareness among the population in Baku and Sumgait.

The World Antibiotic Awareness Week, held each year in November, aims to increase global awareness of antibiotic resistance, to promote proper use of antibiotics and to encourage best practices among the general public, health workers and policy makers to avoid the further emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance.

Since their discovery, antibiotics have served as the cornerstone of modern medicine. However, the persistent overuse and misuse of antibiotics in human and animal health have encouraged the emergence and spread of antibiotic resistance, which occurs when microbes, such as bacteria, become resistant to the drugs used to treat them.

EU, UNDP introduce a modernised vocational education workshop in Jalilabad

Jalilabad, 5 November 2019 – The European Union (EU), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Education and the State Agency on Vocational Education opened a newly reconstructed vocational education workshop in Jalilabad, in continuing their support for the enhancement of vocational education and development capacity in the country.  Continue reading “EU, UNDP introduce a modernised vocational education workshop in Jalilabad”

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