Development perspectives for children under dangerous situations in Azerbaijan – a round table

Source: Azerbaijan NGO Alliance

Baku, 10th of February 2014. 

Azerbaijan NGO Alliance and ChildPact hosted a special event which took place at Park Inn hotel. 

Government officials from Azerbaijan and civil society representatives met to discuss the new project Together for Children: Stronger NGO Coalition in the Black Sea Region. The project is financed by the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Romanian Official Development Assistance and implemented through UNDP – BRC (Bratislava Regional Center), in partnership with World Vision Romania, the Romanian Federation of Child NGOs and counterparts in Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia and the Republic of Moldova.

The main goals of the project is to strengthen cooperation and the sense of belonging of local partners with ChildPact and to promote the petition calling for support for a regional cooperation mechanism for child protection.
The event was officially opened by Nabil Seyidov, the national coordinator of the Azerbaijan NGO Alliance. He made a presentation about the child protection challenges in Azerbaijan, presenting some activities and projects that have been implemented so far.

Relevant ministries and committees, UNICEF Azerbaijan, other state and non-governmental organizations, international organizations, accredited embassies in Azerbaijan and media representatives participated in this event.
UNICEF Chief of Child Protection Program Ramiz Behbudov stated that that the issue of protection of children’s rights is particularly important in Azerbaijan as well as in the other countries of the project. According to Mr. Behbudov, NGOs must establish closer cooperation with the government agencies.
The representative of State Committee of Family Woman and Children’s Problems Zulfiyya Sadigova talked about community-based services established by the state and the development of a family support center model.
At the end of the event participants concluded that the work of NGOs must be strengthened by the collaboration with government structures. Regular dialogues about the current situation of the children’s rights in Azerbaijan must be discussed regularly.