FAO supports the Government in sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in Azerbaijan

BAKU, 11 December 2018 – FAO Partnership and Liaison Office in Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources held a national workshop to discuss the initial assessment Report on fisheries development in Azerbaijan. The event is organised within the framework of FAO technical assistance provided on assessment of state-owned fish farms for sustainable development of the aquaculture sector in the country.

The workshop brought together representatives from Ministry of Agriculture, Food Safety Agency and business entities, as well as international experts.

Participants shared preliminary recommendations regarding the assessment report, discussing on the technical and economic dimensions of the ten state-owned fish farms and potential reform mechanisms for improving the performance of the farms.

A second national workshop will be organised in 2019 to validate the data in the final assessment report and to discuss the business plan for privatisation of the sector.

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.

Four years into its #IBelong Campaign to end statelessness, UNHCR calls for more resolute action by states

GENEVA, 13 November 2018 – Four years after the launch of a decade-long campaign to eradicate statelessness globally, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, called today on states to take faster and more resolute action to help meet the campaign goal.

Important results have been achieved since November 2014 when UNHCR’s #IBelong campaign began. More than 166,000 stateless people have acquired or had their nationality confirmed, 20 states have acceded to the Statelessness Conventions bringing the total number of parties to the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons to 91 and 73 to the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness. Nine states have established or improved statelessness determination procedures, six states reformed their nationality laws and another two have eliminated gender discrimination preventing women from passing on their nationality to their children. National plans to end statelessness have been formally adopted in nine countries.

Yet, despite these accomplishments, millions remain stateless and living in limbo around the world, with the majority to be found in countries in Asia and Africa. It is difficult to determine with precision how many people are stateless or at risk of statelessness worldwide. In 2017, approximately 70 countries reported 3.9 million stateless individuals. But UNHCR estimates that this is only a fraction of the total – the true number could be as much as three times higher.

“Today I call on politicians, governments and legislators around the world to act now, to take and support decisive action to eliminate statelessness globally by 2024,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi. “Humanly, ethically and politically it is the right thing to do. Every person on this planet has the right to nationality and the right to say I BELONG.”

Statelessness has many causes, but the biggest driver is problems in nationality laws, including discrimination. The impact on individuals and their families is immediate and can be dire. Statelessness means a life without a nationality and everything that comes with it. Being stateless can mean a life without education, without medical care, or legal employment. It can mean a life without the ability to get married, own a home, to move freely – a life on the margins of society, without prospects, or hope.

“Stateless people still face huge barriers to exercising fundamental human rights”, Grandi said. “Eradicating statelessness requires eliminating discrimination from nationality laws and practices. States like Kenya, Kyrgyzstan and Thailand are paving the way, showing that with political will and commitment, and concerted national efforts, the lives of tens of thousands of people can be transformed through the acquisition of nationality.”

Only 25 countries around the world retain gender discrimination in their nationality laws that prevent mothers from conferring their nationality to their children on an equal basis as men – with Madagascar and Sierra Leone being the most recent countries to change these laws.  In almost every region of the world, a declaration and action plan to address statelessness has been launched.  These regional initiatives are driving blocs of nations to work with each other to confront and resolve this human rights problem.  Among the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 16 is the elimination of statelessness – with its goal of ensuring legal identity for all by 2030.

With a view to boosting the capacity of parliaments and legislators’ to effectively prevent and reduce statelessness and identify and protect stateless persons, UNHCR in cooperation with the International Parliamentary Union is releasing a new handbook on “Good Practices in Nationality Laws for the Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness” http://www.refworld.org/docid/5be41d524.html.



UNHCR Expert on Statelessness: Radha Govil, govil@unhcr.org, +41766182448;

UNHCR spokesperson Andrej Mahecic, mahecic@unhcr.org +41796429709

About UNHCR:

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, leads international action to protect people forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution. We deliver life-saving assistance like shelter, food and water, help safeguard fundamental human rights, and develop solutions that ensure people have a safe place to call home where they can build a better future. We also work to ensure that stateless people are granted a nationality.

Note on Statelessness figures:

Statelessness affects millions of people around the world. Some countries have hundreds of thousands of stateless persons and there is no region of the world that is untouched by statelessness. The very nature of statelessness means it is difficult to determine exactly how many people are affected, or at risk. Data on statelessness are captured by governments and reported to UNHCR. In 2017, approximately 70 countries reported 3.9 million stateless individuals. But UNHCR estimates that this is only a fraction of the total – the true number could be three times higher.

Note on the #IBelong Campaign to end statelessness

On 4 November 2014, UNHCR launched its #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024. Statelessness is a man-made problem and relatively easy to resolve and prevent. With the necessary political will and public support, millions of people around the world could acquire a nationality and prevent their children from being born stateless. The #IBelong Campaign is supported by a Global Action Plan, which sets out concrete steps for States to help resolve the problem. By acquiring a nationality, millions of stateless people around the world could gain full access to their human rights and enjoy a sense of belonging in their communities.  In 2019 the Campaign will mark its mid-point and UNHCR will hold an event to showcase achievements and to collect pledges by states to prevent and eradicate statelessness. For more information please go to: http://www.unhcr.org/ibelong/

Note on the publication, “Good Practices in Nationality Laws for the Prevention and Reduction of Statelessness.”

This new handbook offers practical examples of domestic legal provisions that allow States to accomplish the following:

  • Avoid childhood statelessness entirely
  • Eliminate gender discrimination from nationality laws
  • Establish procedures to identify stateless persons and facilitate their naturalization
  • Ensure that any deprivation or loss of nationality does not leave individuals stateless

The Handbook also identifies and promotes certain good practices in nationality laws that all States are encouraged to consider.

WHO and FAO organise World Antibiotic Awareness Week in Azerbaijan

BAKU, 12 November 2018 – World Health Organization Office in Azerbaijan (WHO) in collaboration with Partnership and Liaison Office of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) organised a roundtable discussion devoted to World Antibiotic Awareness Week (WAAW), which will last from 12 to 16 November 2018.

Key experts from ministries of Health, Agriculture and Justice, as well as Food Safety Agency, Medical University and representatives of UN agencies in Azerbaijan attended the event.

They discussed the role and responsibilities of relative stakeholders, including food agencies, universities and mass media in awareness raising initiatives on antibiotics.

The event is implemented within the framework of global initiative of WHO, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Sub-Regional Representation for Central Asia for WAAW 2018.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to global health. As a result of infection with multidrug resistant bacteria an estimated 700,000 people die each year worldwide, while European Union alone accounts for 33,000 deaths each year.

To combat antimicrobial resistance “One Health” approach has been endorsed that is considered the only workable way to make real progress in the region and the world.

The One Health approach recognises that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected. It involves applying a coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approach to address potential or existing risks that originate at the animal-human-ecosystems interface.

National conference in Azerbaijan supports efforts to end tuberculosis through high quality and modern approaches

BAKU, 6 November 2018 – Modern methods of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Tuberculosis (TB) is the focus of a two-day national scientific and practical conference organised by the Ministry of Health of Azerbaijan with technical and financial support of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Bringing together key experts from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, the Medical University and the Post Graduate Institute of Azerbaijan, the event aims to disseminate knowledge and information on the new approaches to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of TB in line with WHO recommendations.

Participants will also discuss epidemiological situation and response actions to TB in the WHO European region and in Azerbaijan, as well as diagnosis and treatment features of drug-resistant TB, implementation of new and modified TB drugs and short-term treatment regimes.

WHO passed a resolution on new Global Tuberculosis Strategy in May 2014. The Strategy aims to end the global TB epidemic, with targets to reduce TB deaths by 95% and to cut new cases by 90% between 2015 and 2035, and to ensure that no family is burdened with catastrophic expenses due to TB.

WHO supports member states, including Azerbaijan, in adaptation of the Strategy and targets at the country level, as well as implementation of the main components such as early diagnosis of TB; treatment of all people with TB including drug-resistant TB; supporting patients support; co-infection with HIV; and prevention and vaccination against TB.


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