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.
The representatives of UNFPA Azerbaijan country office, MLSPP, State Statistical Committee, as well as Sustainable and Operative Social Security (DOST) Agency functioning under the ministry, State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan (ASAN), “Uchuncu Bahar” Initiative Group and elderly persons aged 65 and above attended the event.
Dr. Farid Babayev, head of the UNFPA Azerbaijan country office emphasized the long-term and fruitful cooperation between UNFPA and the Government of Azerbaijan in ensuring well-being of all groups of the population. “This project aims to complement the Government’s efforts to promote the active ageing concept by contributing to the improved well-being of the elderly persons in Azerbaijan,” he said.
The head of MLSPP’s social security policy department Mr. Babek Huseynov talked about current policies on increasing social care to the elderly population and measures taken towards improvement of the pension system in the country.
During the event Ms. Narmin Ganiyeva, the cofounder of the “Uchuncu Bahar” Initiative Group, briefed the audience on the awareness-raising component of the project, followed by success stories of the activists of the “YAŞA” Center established by the Group. The event ended with a craftwork exhibition organised by the pensioners spending their leisure time at the “YAŞA” Center.
The event was held within the framework of “Building society for all ages: promoting wellbeing of the elderly persons in Azerbaijan through active ageing” project implemented by UNFPA and MLSPP.