UNICEF Calls on Azerbaijani Government to Invest in Children’s Rights Protection
Azerbaijan, Baku, 23 June / Trend corr I. Alizade/ United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) calls on Azerbaijani Government to invest in protection of children's rights. "Azerbaijani Government must allot sound investments," UNICEF representative in Azerbaijan Hanna Singer said at a conference 'Budget Policy and Investments for Children' at Azerbaijani Parliament on 23 June.
On 23 June, Azerbaijani Parliament divulged the results of research of the investments which CIS countries' budgets allot to social field and for children. The research revealed that demographic situation and social service in CIS countries and Balkan countries are deteriorating every year due to dropping investments in social field. According to results of the research, the situation is creating danger mostly for children and youth.
Singer said currently Azerbaijan receives huge revenues from sale of oil, but the main revenue for future of the country is children and the Government must focus on solving the problems. Singer stressed Azerbaijani Government can allot more investments in education and health to ensure children's rights.
Bahar Muradova, First Deputy Speaker of the Azerbaijani Government, said in recent years the Government and Parliament of Azerbaijan has been paying more attention to the problems children and women are facing.
Hadi Rajabli, chairman of the standing parliamentary committee on social and political affairs, said protection and ensuring of children's rights is a priority direction in Azerbaijani Government's policy. He said as a result of the work carried out in recent several years, number of invalid children in the country dropped from 55 per every 10,000 children to 46 per every 10,000 children.
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