On World Humanitarian Day, the Secretary-General calls on global leaders to use their power to protect people in conflicts

We mark World Humanitarian Day every year on 19 August, to express solidarity with people affected  by humanitarian crises and pay tribute to the humanitarian workers who help them.

This year’s commemoration marks the fifteenth anniversary since the attack on the United Nations in Baghdad, Iraq, in which 22 of our colleagues were killed. Since that tragedy, which led to this day’s designation as World Humanitarian Day, over 4,000 aid workers have been killed, injured, detained or kidnapped. That is an average of 300 fellow humanitarians killed, detained or injured every year.

Civilians in conflict zones also continue to be killed and maimed, deliberately or in indiscriminate attacks. Last year, the United Nations recorded the deaths or injuries of more than 26,000 civilians in attacks in just six countries: Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen.

Around the world, conflict is forcing record numbers of people from their homes, with over 65 million people now displaced. Children are recruited by armed groups and used to fight. Women are abused and humiliated. As humanitarian workers deliver aid and medical workers provide for those in need, they are all too often targeted or treated as threats.

On World Humanitarian Day, I call on global leaders to do everything in their power to protect people caught up in conflict.

And I call on all who are concerned to join our campaign at worldhumanitarianday.org to show that civilians are #NotATarget.

Together, we stand in solidarity with civilians in conflict, and with the humanitarian workers who risk their lives to help them.

 

UN Secretary-General welcomes signing of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea

“Caspian Five” agreed on the status of the Caspian Sea

The UN Secretary-General welcomes the signing of the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea by Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan. This historic document demonstrates the importance of regional cooperation, which is vital for maintaining international peace and security.

The Secretary-General believes the Convention should prove invaluable in regulating a wide range of longstanding issues among the Caspian Sea littoral states and is a significant step in the easing of regional tensions.

The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to congratulate the five signatory countries on this landmark achievement of regional cooperation and multilateralism.

UN supported beach clean-up campaign dedicated to “Caspian Day” in Baku

BAKU, 11 August 2018 – On the occasion of the “Caspian Day” a clean-up was held in Buzovna beach to clean the seafront from plastic and other wastes.

The event was organized by the UN Office in Azerbaijan, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Republican Child and Youth Development Center under the Ministry of Education, the resident company of Balakhani Industrial Park “AzEkol” LLC and “EkoSfera” Public Union.

The event has brought together some 100 government officials, representatives of the United Nations (UN) agencies, representatives of partner organizations and the media.

The aim of the event is to increase the role of the public in bettering ecological conditions of the Caspian Sea and the coastal zone and to strengthen public co-operation in this area.

This initiative, along with the “Caspian Day,” addresses the 12th, 14th and 15th UN Sustainable Development Goals in Azerbaijan. Organizers said that such enlightenment initiatives dedicated to sustainable consumption, protection of the seas, ecosystem preservation and environmental protection will be organized on a consistent basis.

During the beach clean-up campaign, 5 hectares of land cleared of waste and 10 m3 of waste sorted accordingly.

12 August is celebrated as “Caspian Day” annually after the ratification of Framework (Tehran) Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Caspian Sea on 12 August 2006.

 

Azerbaijan, international community mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons

GUSAR, Azerbaijan, 30 July 2018 – the United Nations’ Migration Agency – International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Main Department on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Migration Service of Azerbaijan Republic organised a conference in Gusar to mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Continue reading “Azerbaijan, international community mark World Day against Trafficking in Persons”

FAO introduces tomato export certification manual to Azerbaijani partners

BAKU, 17 July 2018 – Today, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has organized a workshop to introduce the tomato export certification manual to stakeholders in the State Phytosanitary Control Service under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

The manual aims to facilitate the export certification for tomato, which is one of the major export products for Azerbaijan. Inspectors from the Azerbaijan Food Safety Agency, representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, the State Phytosanitary Control Service, Azerbaijan Association of Producers and Exporters of Fruits and Vegetables, as well as the private sector will be informed about the manual, current situation of the phytosanitary control in Azerbaijan, especially in the field of export. They will also have a chance to discuss and provide their recommendations for the manual.

The workshop is organized under the project on strengthening phytosanitary inspection and diagnostic services in Azerbaijan, which is funded by the Standards and Trade Development Facility of the World Trade Organization  and implemented since February 2016.

United Nations inaugurates the Sustainable Development Goals stands in the Baku Boulevard

BAKU, 12 July 2018 – Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Ahmadov and UN Resident Coordinator Ghulam Isaczai have inaugurated today the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) stands in the Baku Boulevard.

The event has brought together some 80 government officials, representatives of the United Nations (UN) agencies, civil society, youth organisations and the media.

Two-sided colourful stands, produced by the United Nations Office in Baku and IDEA Public Union and funded by UNDP’s SDGs localisation project, display each goal in simple language and provide suggestions on how every person can contribute to their achievement.

“Raising awareness about the SDGs is vitally important to their successful implementation. Therefore, we need to work together to inform our citizens, promote engagement and encourage participation and accountability at all levels,” said Ghulam Isaczai in his opening speech.

The SDGs stands will be on display for the next four consecutive months in a hectic place of the Baku Boulevard, which hosts tens of thousands of visitors every day.

Towards sustainable development: promoting rural women’s leadership and economic empowerment

BAKU, 5 July 2018 –  As countries of the world unwind their potential to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), equal opportunities for women to participate in the economy remain one of the biggest global challenges. Gender equality and empowerment, including through financial autonomy and entrepreneurial maturity, is one of the 17 SDGs, yet women today own only 30% of formal small and medium-sized enterprises, while 70% of these women do not have access to the capital they need to grow, and this disproportion is even higher for women living in rural communities.

In Azerbaijan, where rural women represent 77 percent of the total women population of the country, engrained cultural stereotypes oftentimes reiterate the image of women solely as homemakers, a problem faced in most rural communities of Azerbaijan. While women strive to play a more integrated role in society they frequently struggle to find jobs outside the home. More often than not, the lack of basic literacy skills or access to job vacancy resources only amplifies their challenge, preventing them from exploring opportunities outside of what is traditionally expected.

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